There is a saying “Just because you can make it, doesn’t mean anybody cares”. And with music these days, there are so many artists creating, how do they make people care. If the goal of the artist is world-domination, maybe they need to re-assess their goals. All artists have to operate in their niche and maybe they will cross over to the mainstream. And even then, once you crossover don’t expect everybody to know.
Release Friday is upon us and my Spotify playlist is up and cranking.
Sweet And Lynch – Unified
Another song appeared on my Release Friday playlist today, so I figured I would check to see if the album is out. I clicked here, clicked there and 11 new tracks appeared. Brilliant, because back in the day, I would need to leg it, train it and leg it again only to find out the record store didn’t have it in sold out of it.
The first album caught me by surprise how good it was. It was creative, nostalgic and modern sounding. The second one on its own is a good album but compared to the first album, it’s not as good. But that’s okay, because there’s still good tunes to unpack.
“Promised Land” is the opening track and the first single in the lead up to the album release. This song deserves more attention, but it’s hard to break through the noise. Each new track is competing against all the hit records plus everything in between.
“Take my hand, the promised land”.
“Unified” has this cool Lynch jam like groove that appears a lot in his work post Dokken.
“Defiant we stand, united we will fall”
“Bridge Of Broken Lies” has a cool lyrical theme about strangers hiding behind the faces of trusted people. It’s a ballad, that rocks hard.
“I never guessed you would be someone I’ve never known”
“Better Man” is a clichéd title. Pearl Jam probably has the definitive take, but Art of Anarchy’s version is not that far behind, especially when Scott Stapp sings, “it’s time to come home”. This one is more like a love song.
The first thing that hooks me is the riff. It’s classic Lynch with a lot less distortion.
“When I’m not with you baby, I want to be a better man”
Babylon A.D – Revelation Highway
Their self-titled major label debut I have on LP and man it got a lot of spins. It was a perfect blend of hard rock and melodic rock. I even own it on CD. “Nothing Sacred” is also a favourite, and I have that on CD. And that blend of hard rock and melodic rock heard on the first two albums is evident on “Revelation Highway”. Also, because I’ve been cranking “Whitesnake 87” and “Diary Of A Madman”, I’m hearing influences from both albums on this one.
“Rags To Riches” is one of the singles released in the lead up and it hooked me in with its “Atomic Playboys” style riff. Musically its excellent and that solo break with that riff underpinning it, is just brilliant.
“Rags to riches, young girl got her wishes”
With the whole #METOO movement and people speaking up, maybe the young girl didn’t get what she really wished for. It’s a relevant lyric line regardless in what context you read it.
“One Million Miles” is a pretty cool mid-tempo melodic rock track. “She Likes To Give It” is also cool and basically a clone of “One Million Miles”. Nothing wrong with that at all.
“Floating on a Jetstream with the cool wind in my face, sinking in the green grass in the calm of your embrace”
“Last Time For Love” sounds like the best Def Leppard song that Def Leppard hasn’t written. It immediately transports me back to 1987.
“Last time for love, I won’t be hanging around your door”
And the lead break with the underpinning riff just works a treat. I press repeat just to hear it again.
“Saturday Night” reminds me of those “Saturday Nights” from a time long ago.
“On a Saturday night, we will rock to the morning light”
Shakra – Snakes & Ladders
They are from Switzerland. When I Googled them, I was surprised to read that they’ve been around since the mid 90’s and their first album dropped in 1998. It’s been a long time, but they are playing the game to succeed and picking up fans day by day.
“Cassandra’s Curse” is a terrible song title, but the song is awesome. The music is foot stomping and the melodies are perfect.
“Snakes & Ladders” has one of the most simplest but truthful lyrical lines.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you fall, snakes and ladders”.
“Rollin’” is one of those bluesy hard rock style songs which you can listen too driving your car.
“I Will Rise Again” is the bomb. It’s tempo and foot stomping / back breaking drum beat work brilliantly.
“Open Water” is a ballad but not a clichéd. Lyrically it’s got that Euro Purple/Whitesnake vibe like “Sailing Ships” meets “Lost Without You” from Three Doors Down.
Artists don’t operate in the old world anymore.
MTV might have made artists global superstars, instantly, but they fell back to earth just as fast as they got outside the atmosphere. Now streaming rules and anybody can play, but only a limited number of artists get attention. Today, these three artists had my attention. Tomorrow it will be someone else. They might come back at another time and get my attention. Maybe they won’t.