Friday, October 11, 2013


Rating: RRRR
Label: Melodicrock Records 2013
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Well, well. This new line-up of House Of Shakira with Andreas Novak on vocals seems to work fine. I liked their first effort, last year's "HoS", and now with "Pay To Play" they have come up with an album that's at least as good as its' predecessor.

House of Shakira have always had a certain element of quirkiness in them, and they've still got it. Their lyrics aren't the "usual kind of stuff" and their music has some nice twists and turns. In the past I've missed some anthemic, catchy hooks, but now they've delivered in that department too. I also like the neat references to classic rock tracks they've built into the songs - take a listen and see if you can spot some bits of Queen, Foreigner, Def Leppard and Hendrix...

Highlights: "Pay To Play", "Dopamine Junkie", "Two Things" and "Bending The Law". A few minus points for the production, it's decent enough but somehow slightly flat.

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