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House of Shakira


Lint [Re-release]

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Melodic Rock/Hard Rock/AOR]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.0

The history of Swedish House of Shakira dates back to 1991 when the band was formed. This is a review of their debut album 'Lint', which was originally released in 1997. Lint was quite highly acclaimed in various magazines and e-zines (nominated as best debut album etc.) After the original release, House of Shakira toured through Europe as the opening act for Royal Hunt. They've also toured together with Harem Scarem and Dare among others.

House of Shakira's music is a blend of melodic rock and hard rock. Although they have some clearly distinctive qualities in their music (that show the originality of this band), they also retain some familiarity to well-known rock/hard rock acts of the 80's. For example, there's quite a good amount of classic Def Leppard in their music (among many others). Lint is quite an enjoyable listening experience, since it occasionally surprises its listener with sections full of originality.

Production on this album is rather good. Mixing, for example, has been done quite well. Unfortunately, clipping and distortion occurred few times (especially on Who's Lying Now and Elephant Gun). However, this clipping/distortion occurs probably due to the quality of the original recordings (and thus isn't a remastering error).

I listened to House of Shakira for the first time ever last year (about seven months ago). That album (First Class) made quite an impression on me back then, and I'm still favourably impressed by the band. Lint is a good debut album, which should find its way to the record collections of melodic rock/AOR fans.

Release date: 25.02.2005

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Eklund, Andreas: Lead Vocals
Lundström, Anders: Guitar & Keyboard
Hallstensson, Mats: Guitar & Vocals
Schelander, Per: Bass & Vocals
Andersson, Tony: Drums
Producer: Unavailable
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
House of Shakira - Lint [Re-release]  CD  Cover Image
01. Morning Over Morocco
02. Lint
03. Method of Madness
04. No:8
05. Who's Lying Now
06. Elephant Gun
07. Love Was Good
08. The Story's the Same
09. Canned Laughter
10. Remember
11. Everything's Fine

Bonus Tracks:
12. On the Green
13. Heroes
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