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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Europe - Bag of Bones album review


Europe have always been pinned with the stigma of '80's pop-metal band, big hair, big ego's and famous for 'that song'. With the release of their previous album 'Last Look at Eden' and now their current offering 'Bag of Bones', Europe have successfully shaken off that branding and have transitioned into a respected rock band of today.

There’s no mistaking that this band have always been influential, having had hits such as 'Carrie' and 'Rock the Night'. But with this album comes something inspiring: a new direction, while sticking firmly to their roots of rock.

Europe have never been afraid of showing their true colours as a pure rock outfit and this album is affirming that in a very sure way. The title track is bluesy and full of soul, then rockets into a powerful, guitar laden chorus. Just to confirm how rock we are talking here, it features Joe Bonamassa, one of the hottest guitar players gracing the earth at the moment. ‘Riches To Rags’ is the perfect kick off, instantly making you turn up the volume. The song makes you feel like it's one of your all time favourites after the first listen. Joey's unique high toned vocals laced with rhythmic, chugging guitar (courtesy of John Norum) to back him up cement this in Europe's true style. This is them showing us that they're still rocking 30 years into their career. 'Not Supposed To Sing The Blues' has been a radio hit from the release - Kevin Shirley has stamped his style all over this with the aggressive blues swagger of Black Country Communion.

'My Woman My Friend' is much more of a gentle track with melancholic and passion felt lyrics, another thing that Europe do well. As with the last album, the beautiful track 'In My Time' told a tragic story of love and loss. It would be interesting to see if there is a similar story here. Europe are keeping up the good work, showing us what they're capable of. Bluesy, punchy, intense rock with unique vocals and a heady mix of guitars, grit and gravel. 'Eden' wasn't a one off success, thankfully we have another one to add to the collection of favourites. Here's to the next.

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