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| 6 November 2013 | Reply


Label: Frontiers Records

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Rating: 9.5/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Anymore, it is common to find bands re-recording previous tracks or covering whole albums.  In most cases, these are simply a matter or ownership.  In some cases, it updates the sound with new technology and age.  In this case, it is a bit of both.  According to a statement from lead singer Harry Hess: “A few people have asked me why we would re-record Mood Swings. We don’t own the masters to those recordings, we don’t own anything that we recorded while we were with Warner, the only way for us to have ownership and control over those songs is to re-record them. That being said, we also feel that the new recordings will sonically be much better than the originals side by side. Also to add value to the release we are recording 3 new bonus tracks as well as a DVD with recording footage and interactive audio… This is a package (and tour) to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the release not just another version of what is already available.”  Regarding the sonic difference between the originals and this re-recording/re-imagining, Harry could not have been more accurate.  This collection sounds so better than the original.  The songs seem to have a new feel to them, as if the last twenty years gave them a new life and a second chance.  The addition of three new tracks make this a more than worth while addition to my collection.  The release follows the original tracking and contains all of the original songs: Saviors Never Cry – No Justice – Stranger Than Love – Change Comes Around – Jealousy – Sentimental Blvd – Mandy – Empty Promises – If There Was A Time – Just Like I Planned – Had Enough.

The new tracks sound as if they were written in the same sessions back in 1992-1993.  The song structures are similar and accentuate the different players as well as the other songs.  The vocals on “World Gone to Pieces” really give this song a different feel, yet a cohesive sound as the other tracks that were re-recorded.  The guitars and keyboard duet nicely throughout the track.  “Anarchy” is the standout regarding guitar work.  The solos and riffs seem to slam through the mix and add a fierce drive to the song.  The rhythm section can’t be overlooked here either.  The drums and bass keep the song moving and give it a little more backbone than some of the other tracks on this disc.  “Brighter Day” closes the disc on a mellow note.  The song, while sounding as if it came from 1993 could be a great indicator of where the band is headed with its new material that is planned for 2014.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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