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CD REVIEW: DORO – Powerful Passionate Favourites

| 16 April 2014 | Reply

CD REVIEW: DORO – Powerful Passionate Favourites
Nuclear Blast
April 2014
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Doro - Powerful Passionate Favourites cover

The Queen Of Metal fills the gap between 2012’s Raise Your Fist and her next studio album with a collection of covers and more on this album, intriguingly titled like a 70’s knock-off compilation from the K-Tel days and released as a bonus disc with the 30th anniversary celebrations reissue of Raise Your Fist itself.

Don’t let the cheesy name fool you though – this is Doro at her strident best.

It Still Hurts is a power ballad par excellence given extra weight with the presence of Lemmy’s raspy vocals, rendered poignant considering his recent health issues. The French language version of Raise Your Fist packs the punch of une frappe sur la tete: regardless of the language you know the leather-clad former Warlock singer is kicking arse.

A cover of Led Zeppelin’s Babe I’m Gonna Leave You is magnificent – epic, even. From a 2002 tribute record, Doro and her band alternate between soft acoustic ballad and priapic hard rock to great effect.

The grab bag fills up with a decent bash at Nutbush City Limits, a new version of another fine rocker in Only You, written for her in 1990 by Gene Simmons, her 1999 Dio cover Egypt (The Chains Are On), and 2011’s cover of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters (another standout).

An old school headbanger called Warfare, is possibly the most exciting inclusion for fans who already own much of the above, taken from the forthcoming soundtrack to the movie Anuk 2, starring Doro.

The album comes to a close with a jazzy rocker in NYC Blues – something out of the ordinary for Ms Pesch.

Powerful Passionate Favourites may be a bit piecemeal, but no-one can deny the sheer talent and balls of the woman, and it’s hard to imagine any fan not enjoying this.

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