Thorbjørn Risager & the Black Tornado | Change My Game

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Change My Game

by Thorbjørn Risager & the Black Tornado

With Change My Game, Thorbjørn has raised the stakes once again. Here’s an album that breaks new creative ground, explores fresh musical directions and delivers a bold batch of songs that are at once catchy and immediate, but rich with deeper meaning.
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1. I Used to Love You
3:51 album only
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2. Dreamland
5:50 album only
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3. Change My Game
4:58 album only
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4. Holler n Moan
4:42 album only
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5. Hard Time
4:07 album only
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6. Long Gone
5:13 album only
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7. Hold My Lover Tight
4:07 album only
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8. Maybe It's Alright
4:25 album only
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9. Train
3:44 album only
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10. Lay My Burden Down
5:22 album only
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11. City of Love
4:59 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Talk about a tough act to follow. Back in 2014, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado released Too Many Roads: the award-winning ninth album that saw the golden-voiced frontman and his seven-piece lineup showered with global acclaim. For the fans who had followed the Copenhagen band since their formation in 2003, it felt like a career-best release.
But we were wrong. With Change My Game, Thorbjørn has raised the stakes once again. In a world where most bands are content to tread water, here’s an album that breaks new creative ground, explores fresh musical directions and delivers a bold batch of songs that are at once catchy and immediate, but rich with deeper meaning.
Released in January 2017 on Ruf Records, Change My Game is not just an album title, but also the guiding ethos that has driven this band from the start. Since making their first impact with 2006’s From The Heart, Thorbjørn and his all-star lineup have dodged media pigeonholes and broken down the boundaries of genre, their confidence to experiment growing with every year spent together on the road. Now, on this 11th album, their musical leap is greater than ever before, with dynamic arrangements sent through the roof by the band’s musicianship and Thorbjørn’s electrifying vocal.
Change My Game finally achieves the studio sound that Thorbjørn has always heard in his head. For the first time, the eight musicians decided to self-produce and mix the entire album, and the result is a visceral production that showcases their best material to date. Rock-influenced songs like Dreamland are hard, fiery and ferocious. Ballads like lead-off single I Used To Love You have an aching emotional power. Meanwhile, for the fans who love the Tornado’s fresh take on classic blues, there’s Train, which opens with a locomotive sound, a lone vocal and an acoustic guitar – before the band turn up the heat and bring the song to its horn-driven climax.
At a time when technology rules the music industry, Change My Game is an album that runs on human chemistry, and that’s testament to the 800-plus shows that this lineup has played together in 21 countries from Canada to India. Firm believers in the power of live music, Thorbjørn and the band will take Change My Game out on the road in 2017, with a touring schedule that will see them raise roofs across the planet and convert countless new fans to the cause.
Fourteen years into their career, these are high times for Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado. Perhaps you thought they’d peaked with Too Many Roads. But with Change My Game, the only way is up…

FACTS:
# Despite hailing from Denmark and releasing albums on a small Danish label until 2014, the band have won acclaim in The United States and all over Europe.
# They have played over 800 shows – more than 200 of these at festivals – in 21 countries including Canada and India.
# They received a Danish Grammy two years in a row.
# In Germany, where they recently participated in the legendary TV show Tyskland ROCKPALAST, they received one of the most prestigious awards in the business.
# In the UK, they were included on the Classic Rock Blues Magazine’s Best Of 2014 CD.
# The band was formed in 2003, and all but two of the original members are still in the lineup.

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Attila Horváth

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There are several songs on the disk that fit for being broadcast on radio. In a country where the media is receptive and open enough the song, I Used To Love You, Hard Time and Lay My Burden Down might as well become popular hits. Dreamland is my favourite, and perhaps it reflects most the atmosphere of the blues, rhythm & blues, rock and soul collection on the disk. Composition of the Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado band has been almost permanent and ever since this band, performing at very high standard again and again, was formed only two musicians left the band that has counted recently eight members.
(Attila Horváth - www.bluesvan.hu)
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