It seems as if all-star bands rediscovering the sounds of the 80s is the latest trend coming out of Scandinavia. Riding on the coat tails of their Norwegian counterparts WIGWAM we now present THE POODLES, consisting of such well-known names such as Jakob Samuel (KREEGAH, ex-YALE BATE, ex-TALISMAN, ex-GRAND SLAM, ex-TOTEM, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE, ex-TREASURE LAND, ex-MIDNIGHT SUN, THE RING), Pontus Norgren (DAMAGE DONE, ex-TALISMAN, ex-GREAT KING RAT, ex-JEKYLL & HYDE, THE RING) or Pontus Egberg (ex-LION'S SHARE), and they also are trying to emulate the classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal/Glam sound of way back when.
And they have the swagger, they have the catchiness, they have the songs, unfortunately what they don’t have are originality or longevity, everything is very enjoyable while you listen to it, but once it is done, there basically are just one or two songs that will stick to your memory, which is a potential problem, if you have to pinch your pennies before deciding which CD to buy. The outstanding (and memorable) tracks are the hymnic title track with its huge chorus, “Song For You”, where they even throw some tenor or baritone vocals in for great effect, and the good ULTRAVOX cover version “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes”, the rest, as said, is fun while blasting it in the car on the road, but other than that has little substance to sink your teeth in.
There is no bad song to be found per se, but nothing that stands out either, but you just cannot deny the incredible catchiness of the songs and the entertainment factor of not having to worry about following the song, but just cruising along. In the end your wallet will decide…
(Online April 21, 2007)