MTM Music 0681-49
Produced by: Stefan Berggren & Stefan Jonsson.

Released: May / Website
Relatives: An AOR Whitesnake

  1. Come On Join The Party
  2. Dangerous Love
  3. Fire & Rain
  4. Calm Before The Storm
  5. There's Somethin' U Hidin'
  6. Should Have Known Better
  7. Give And Take
  8. Let The New World Around Us
  9. House On Fire
  10. Devil's Fire
  11. Endless Highway
  12. Move On

It's been a great year for music. There's been some classic melodic hard rock releases, a couple of great nu-breed style releases, a efw excellent heavy rock releases and also a couple of great pure AOR releases.
But there has been one area left unfulfilled, but that's about to change.
There is yet to be a classic straight ahead melodic rock record. One that's melodic without being soft, and guitar driven without being heavy and overly dramatic.
Snakes In Paradise have recorded such an album and boy, have they nailed it.
This is the band's 3rd album and comes two years after the last one. The band have had some great moments on their previous albums, but have never really nailed it from start to finish. They have this time. Every track on Dangerous Love has a great hook, a solid chorus and above all, some fine production, complete with harmony vocals, guitar solos and every element that AOR/melodic rock fans love to hear.
I have heard several of the demo's as this album was recorded and I must admit I wasn't sold on them, but this finished product took me by surprise and I am only to happy to report the good news.
I will say though, like all good albums with strong life spans, this one takes several listens for everything to click. Some songs are instant, but others creep up on you. In the end they are all classic.
As many would know, Stefan Berggren is also the vocalist for the bluesy Whitesnake off-shoot Company Of Snakes. Some of the influence of that band is present here but in my opinion this blows the COS record away.
Come On Join The Party is the album's most uptempo number and is a great bluesy rocker to open the album. In fact, I had to check the writing credits, as it sound so much like a classic 70's rock song that I was sure it had to be a cover. Not so, all tracks on the album are new and original.
Dangerous Love is an uptempo pop rocker with a feel good verse and catchy as hell hook/bridge/chorus. Fire & Rain is one of the instant classics of the album. Gloriously moody in a dark, Whitesnake like way, the verse features a dark brooding vocal backed by a hard edged guitar riff. The chorus sees the music get darker and heavier, while Stefan's vocals get more melodic. Bliss...
Calm Before The Storm is a mid tempo rock track with another great hook and chorus.
There's Somethin' U Hidin' is another instantly lovable track. A sweet melodic intro with some great vocal melodies leading into another strong bridge and a strong AOR chorus. A very stripped back, plain track made brilliant by the strong melodies.
Should Have Known Better features that hard edged guitar sound again and again sounds like a classic 70's rocker. Again, Stefan's vocal hooks and the subtle musical accompaniment make the track. That and another very strong, yet simple chorus.
Give And Take rocks a little harder. A punchy lead guitar leads the mid tempo song through a Paul Rodgers sounding verse, into a moody darker Whitesnake sounding chorus.
The uptempo, but softer AOR of Let The New World Around Us is another instant classic. This is everything AOR fans love about Scandinavian rock. Lots of hooks, strong vocals and a feel good chorus.
House On Fire is another feel good track, but a little slower in pace and could even be described as a little funky blues track.
Devil's Fire is an original little melodic rock number with a chorus and melodic hook that takes a few listens to get into.
Endless Highway is another original styled track, with the band flexing their creativity a little again. Another solid chorus, but takes more to get into.
Move On is yet another of those instant songs. This is a great way to end the CD, with a song that sounds like the ending of a story and is a fantastic hook and melody filled feel good song. The slow to mid tempo verse picks up a notch for the excellent chorus.
BOTTOM LINE: Simple - great song writing. These guys have nailed the essence to simple, yet hugely enjoyable melodic rock songs filled with hooks and vocal melodies that make this album their best yet and one of the best of the year for any form of music. Stefan sounds better than ever vocally and the constant fill of subtle melodic hooks in the music makes the album a joy to listen to over and over again.
ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of straight up European style melodic rock/AOR. Some Company Of Snakes fans.
DISCOGRAPHY:Snakes In Paradise . Garden Of Eden . Yesterday & Today . Dangerous Love

09/08/07: fernado - juanferro_rodrguez
Rating: 88
Great work, great vocals,fine harmonys, underrated singer. what next?

24/09/03: Geoff -
Rating: 85
Another one of those really consistent bands I adore so much. Pure classy melodic hard rock. Not many frills, just quality.

'Come On Join The Party' is a little lyrically silly, but 'Dangerous Love' comes along with a cool riff, great chorus and all. A gem right off the bat. Elswhere, there's the wonderful melodic 'There's Somethin' U Hidin', 'Should Have Known Better', 'Let The New World Around Us' and so on. Great melodic hard rock all the way through.

Great band, great CD!

03/10/02: Federico (Italy) -
Rating: 95
Very good hard rock blues album. The sound of Whitesnake still alive with band like this, It's been refreshed and modernized with a touch of AOR. Stefan Beergren is the new David Coverdale. My favorites songs are dangerous love, There's something u hiding and Calm befor the storm.

28/08/02: janni -
Rating: 99
I like best the classic AOR music, don`t like things like Harem Scarem, Danger Danger-not good enough songs. With SnakesinParadise`s album you get every element of good classic AOR style-great hooklines, great songs and above all great musicianship. SNAKES RULE!!!

24/06/02: freddy de keyzer -
Rating: 75
This one is not as good as I expected. After reading some reviews I was thinking that this dics was kind of a sem-classic.
But it is not. Not that it is bad, but it's a bit clichéd. I've heard it all before, and better than this. The musicians are competent, but it's the songs where it lacks.
There ar far more better records out at the moment : Mecca, Harlan Cage, 101 South, Two Fires, Arcangel/Cannata, Hughes/Turner, Mollo/Martin (Cage 2) etc.
Go for these records and if you have to much money you can add this one or the overrated Harem Scarem and Rain.
Listen before buying, you may think otherwise, but for me this Snakes In Paradise are not special enough to convince me !

24/06/02: Ernie Manzo -
Rating: 89
Here is yet another band that even though with a past history of releases that has never been on my musical radar. Dangerous Love without question has a lot of attractive qualities. Stefan Berggren (Company of Snakes) shows himself as superbly talented vocalist who can sing the most melodic song to the most intensely bluesy one. He has a most interesting voice, at time he sounds like a Tony Harnell of TNT and then other hand he sounds like a smoother David Cloverdale with the occasional hint of Paul Rogers . Musically, the band take their craft very seriously since they stretch themselves to playing modern rock styled compositions similar to the Gin Blossoms (There’s Something You Hiding) and other times they sound like an energized and lighter Whitesnake; a very interesting mix. Production-wise the instruments are well balanced and everything comes across clearly. My only complaint here is that some times the guitar sounds a bit restrained when it should cut loose. A good example of this comes during track #4 “Calm Before The Storm”; a fat guitar would really make this song simply outstanding. Another couple appealing aspects of the vocals has to be the impeccable arrangements of backing voices and the backup vocals themselves. Song after song has huge hooks that get the feet tapping and the mind full of catchy choruses. Even though this cd bases itself on guitar driven songs it does not overpower the listener, maybe to an extent the guitar is a tad understand. Not every songs is a masterpiece but nothing should be deemed worth skipping. If you like guitar driven rock with excellent variety and outstanding vocals which should appeal to both to melodic and hard rock fans alike.

27/05/02: Patrick Saidi -
Rating: 100
I can say one thing!! I love the rock`n roll group SNAKES IN PARADISE! If you don`t believe that so look at my mail adress! ROCK ON!!

25/05/02: Lotta Andersson -
Rating: 100
This is the Best album from Snakes in Paradise!!! It have great songs,catchy melodys,great lyrics and Stefan are singing better then before!! I love the guitarsound of this band!!!
They are so Heavenly Great ;)
This is my Fave Band!!! ;)

08/05/02: MARCO -
Rating: 95

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