|Pretty Maids Wake Up To The Real World||Frontiers Records|
Great record this one – but I had to re-check what I was listening to a couple of times. |
Danish rockers Pretty Maids have re-grouped after a 4 year break and returned with a fresh, updated sound that could see them pick up some new fans. The band's sound has been updated a little and the album swaps back and forth between the expected European melodic hard rock and some modern rock influences.
The changes within this album work well for the guys and I don't think they are at risk of losing any old fans, as at the heart of the record is some good old-fashioned, likable songs.
The band sticks to their tried and true sound on the opening rocker Wake Up To The Real World and the double time rocker Why Die For A Lie and the in-your-face Terminal Violence, not to mention the slow and moody Perfect Strangers.
I Am The End is a mixture of modern rock and melodic metal which works quite well for the guys. It has an aggressive yet melodic feel and the vocals of Ronnie Atkins are perfect for the style.
The mid-tempo modern rocker As Guilty As You sees the sound modernized even further while at the same time, the melodic hooks are turned up again. Such A Rush is classic European melodic rock while Where Beauty Lies is a passionate and heartfelt rock ballad.
And the closing number Another Shot Of Your Love is a great melodic rock ballad, with a thoroughly commercial hook.
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