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Pretty Maids Wake Up To The Real World Frontiers Records
FRCD307
· Produced By: Pretty Maids

· Running Time: 45.15

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

· Links: Frontiers
89%
Songs: 90%
Sound: 88%
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.
The Bottom Line
Some good decisions were made in writing this album. Plenty of the old with a little of the new, all the time making sure whatever was recorded suited the band and importantly, the fan also. I think those fans are going to dig this and I think the band have started a new chapter of their existence with this album.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Pretty Maids
· Red, Hot And Heavy
· Future World
· Jump The Gun
· Sin Decade
· Stripped
· Scream
· Spooked
· Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Overdoing
· Carpe Diem
· Planet Panic
· Wake Up To The Real World

Line Up:
· Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
· Ken Hammer: Guitars
· Allan Tschicaja: Drums
· Ken Jackson: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· Pretty Maids
· Europan Melodic Hard Rock
Track Listing
· Wake Up To The Real World *
· All In The Name of Love
· I Am The End
· As Guilty As You *
· Why Die For A Lie
· Such A Rush *
· Where True Beauty Lies *
· Brave Young New Breed
· Terminal Violence
· Perfect Strangers
· Another Shot Of You Love *

--*Best Tracks


28/01/09: Craig Chapman - Craig@taras-secret.com
Rating: 90
This is almost 2 bands in studios.

Some of the songs - Such A Thrill, As Guilty As You, Wake Up In The Real World, Where True Beauty Lies and Another Shot Of Your Love are as good as melodic rock gets.

The rest sounds like a different band entirely with silly growly vocals, 1980 NWOBHM guitars and sometimes iffy production.

Its certainly a definate buyer for those awesome songs, just keep your skip finger on the ready. Shame they didn't make Firefest.

17/12/06: Kim Elnif Madsen - Elnif@mail.dk
Rating: 40
Im sory guys. I think this is the worst Cd fra PM. The songs aint as good and melodic as they use too. The sound is very poor and muddy. I have listen to it twice and i would problely never hear it again. As we say in Denmark right now
" Det er en OMīMER". (meaning on more try) Im sorry PM, I am a long time fan but this just is not good enough.

15/12/06: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 97
Pretty Maids is back, and with one of their best records ever. This record have almost everything, the great ballads, the midtempo songs and the rocking tunes. With great chourses. This is almost in the same class as my Pretty Maids favourite record "Jump the gun". And its also include a great cover on Deep Purpleīs Perfect strangers. Buy this is you want another of the top records of this year. And if you want great music!

27/11/06: Ralf - thunderhead@aol.com
Rating: 98
Killer release! It looked like these band is through - and now they are back like phoenix from the ashes! A fantastic album full of power and melody, with a worldclass production. All killer, no filler here. My faves are the fast "Terminal violence" and "Why die for a lie", the melodic masterpiece "Another shot of your love" and the ballad "Where true beauty lies". Buy or die!

26/11/06: RockMan - purjfo98@hotmail.com
Rating: 95
I agree. Awesome job guys. Keep THIS coming. Leave Planet Panic to the, "other guys".

25/11/06: Splash777 - Splash777@msn.com
Rating: 94
How have Pretty Maids been ignored by North American metal fans for what 20 years now? This album knocked my socks off on first listen. I took in the car which it stayed in my cd player for 4 days straight. There are not many metal bands that can ride the fine line of the fans tastes. These guys can please the majority of the community with their heavy moments as well as their mellower ones. My favorite tracks are Future World, Scream & Spooked. How about you?

25/11/06: Park Hanuk - kinghanuk@naver.com
Rating: 95
They're back. I have to admit that I didn't enjoy their last 2 albums(Planet Panic and Carpe Diem) as I had originally hoped for and I got to think they're done. I'm glad that I turned out to be wrong. This album sounds very big and pompous unlike their last 2 efforts, and the vocal harmonies, catchy hooks and huge choruses that the band seemed to have lost long ago are there. Even better than "Spooked" or "Scream", I think this cd is up there with the likes "Future World" or "Jump The Gun".

24/11/06: Steffekula - steffekula@hotmail.com
Rating: 98
Pretty Maids first three albums are in my opinion, the best hardrockalbums ever made. Classic! But when this band releases a new album, you know there's top quality. I personally love all of their albums. WUTTRW is PM:s best album since spooked 1997. Pretty Maids is back! Thank God! And if you have a chance to see this guys live... Don't miss it!!!!


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