Sunday, January 23, 2011

DIRTY PASSION: "Different Tomorrow"

Rating: 8/10

Label: Denomination Records 2010

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

With a name like Dirty Passion, it's not surprise that this band has been lumped together with the New Sleaze Generation of Sweden, all those spiky haired hoodlums like Crashdiet etc. Having seen the band live, although quite briefly, I have to say that they are a bit more down-to-earth when it comes to the image. Musically there are more similarities - Dirty Passion have created a cool melodic hard rock sound, somewhere between early Skid Row and vintage Dokken, with a bit of Hanoi Rocks' sleaze thrown in. Sounds good? You bet it does!

Each one of the ten songs on the album has a very decent chorus, with solid background vocals supporting Emil Ekbladh's likeable lead vocals. Christopher Olsson chrurns out catchy riffs as if it was the easiest thing in the world to do, and the rhythm section of Markus Winberg (drs) and Björn Wilander (bs) keep it groovin'. The only thing that I'm not so sure is the production, which is a bit raw. It's probably just what the guys were after, an authentic reproduction of the band's sound, but I don't know... All these years of listening to those ultra-polished and layered classics may have had an effect on me. I could've use some more "gloss"...

The highlights: "This Is The Way", "1.000.000 Voices", "Liar", "Selling Your Soul"... but they're all good, really. Not necessarily "The Song Of The Year" material, but good. A lot of Swedish hard rockers have already bought this album (it's been several weeks on the charts) and if my description of the album sounds good, you might want to do the same.



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