This week it is a bit more hard rock than heavy metal, but fun all the same.
Amaze Me are back with Guilty as Sin and it is everything you have come to loved from these guys. Big songs, big catchy choruses, and a whole load of something just right. It has been while as their last output occurred back in the ’90s. The duo, consisting of one bloke (Peter Broman, songwriter-for-hire with hits all over the world) on everything but singing and a singer, produce some damn fine pop hard rock. Some might whinge about this being “overproduced” but who cares when it is this good?
Nick Gilder has had one of his solo albums re-released (from 1985) called Nick Gilder. Gilder has plied his trade, after his original group Sweeney Todd, as a songwriter-for-hire for both existing acts (Bette Midler, Pat Benatar to name a couple) and TV. You will have heard his stuff no doubt. Some of them appear on here like “Footsteps” from the Youngblood soundtrack. You might know the name from his solo hit “Hot Child in the City”. Oh yeah and he wrote the Scandal song “The Warrior”.
The Poodles are back with their latest Tour de Force. They may have a daft name, but oh boy, do they rock. This is great Scandi-rock and it just flows over you like and leaves an impression. Songs are catchy and clever while oozing quality from every note. There is something quite special when Swedes set out to construct some great hard rock. As a bonus on the CD you can hear the song the band wrote for the Swedish hockey team. You have no idea what the hell you are singing but boy, is it catchy!
Sideburn are about to release their album Gasoline. Think a bluesier Cinderella (mostly vocally) mixed with a hint of AC/DC done by the Swiss and you might be onto something. Whatever you want to call it, it’s some damn quality stuff. Bluesy hard rock with attitude and a sense of fun should never go out of style. As reliably catchy as a Swiss watch and as pure as an Alpine stream. Whatcha bet these guys are great fun live? Put a smile on my face and I bet it will you too.
Tom Keifer has released a solo album called The Way Life Goes and it is quite the CD. The Cinderella main man has branched out into something that is quite a bit more bluesy. Though there are hints of the album Long Cold Winter by his full-time band, this is quite a bit more stripped down. The female backing singers are a nice touch too. I enjoyed it quite a bit and recommend it. This is no ego-boosting flight of fancy but a solid slab of bluesy-rock.
Uhrijuhla have produced a very alluring release with their album called Uhrijuhla. It is all in Finnish and it is traditional prog with a heavy folk tinge. There is a touch of psychedelia about it. Some of the songs are so enchanting and odd that it is hard to do anything else while listening to it. As you might expect there are all sorts of traditional instruments in the mix as well as some wonderful male and female vocals. If you have brave ears then I can tell you are in for a treat.
That is your lot for this week. Please stay safe and rocking out there this week.