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Klasson, Stevie - Don't Shoot The Messenger (5/10) - Sweden - 2008

Genre: Rock'n'Roll
Label: Wild Kingdom
Playing time: 46:52
Band homepage: Klasson, Stevie

Tracklist:

  1. Goin' Mental
  2. Hand Me Downs
  3. Do What You Want
  4. Sweetheart Angel Pure
  5. Bedspring Symphony
  6. Talk Too Much
  7. Downbound Train
  8. White Line Fever
  9. Lucky  
  10. All The Action
  11. Angel In Black
  12. Don't Mess With Evil
Klasson, Stevie - Don't Shoot The Messenger

Stevie Klasson is a Swedish guitar player based out of Stockholm. He got together a rag-tag bunch of musicians, and decided to release an old fashion Rock ní Roll record, nothing fancy or pretty about it; just a simple, straightforward Rock album with the elements that make Rock what it is: Driving guitars, melodies with plenty of hooks, driving rhythm section, catchy vocals, etc.

 

On one hand, it is a solid effort. The melodies and riffs are straightforward and to the point, the songs are well written with a good strong hook to reel you in, and the guitar work is solid. The aspects of old Hard Rock are present in spades, so this will be a fun listen.

 

ButÖThis lacks two important things for me. For one, it lacks the fire, the bad-assness, the danger, etc of how Rock should be. It sounds very nice and plays it extremely safe. There is nothing about this record that makes this anything other than a good old fashioned Rock album, but it fails to give that kick in the ass. The second thing that bothers me is that this isnít anything new. At all. No desire to try to add new elements to the Rock sound, no thinking outside the box, nothing. Just straight up Rock, and this is done to a fault, so the record sounds very dated and stale.

 

Iíd like to give this album a recommendation, but I can't. Itís well written and all, yet it fails to even ignite one spark with the music.

(Online June 18, 2008)

Armen Janjanian



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