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Artist:

House of Shakira

Album:

First Class

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Lion Music
Genre: [Melodic Rock]
Overall Rating: 9.0
Music: 8.5
Production: 9.5


This is the first album I hear from House of Shakira and I must admit they're good. Their style is classic rock in the style of Def Leppard etc. Andreas Eklund has a really good voice and it suits the music perfectly. Songs on this album are melodic and quite diverse. There's everything from harder rock to more subtle ballad like compositions.

House of Shakira's main strength is catchy choruses. Each song has quite an addictive chorus, that has a felicitous vocal melody. The quality of songs on this album is really impressive... the songs aren't humdrum but fairly successful. This album is a pleasure to listen (again and again).

Of all songs my personal favourites are 'You Are' and 'Sunshine Song'. Also the other songs are good, but these drew my attention immediately with the first listening (also subsequent listens have indicated them to be the highlights of this album). The guitar solos are melodic and very apposite. For example, there's one Steve Vai like part in the solo of 'You Are'.

Production on this album has been done well — there's not much to complain (except for a few minor details, which depend on personal preference). Overall this album is definitely one of the best melodic rock albums of this year (so far). I recommend this album to the fans of melodic rock... also others should check this out.

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- MAGE (13.07.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Eklund, Andreas: Lead Vocals
Andersson, Tony: Drums
Lundström, Anders: Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Schelander, Per: Bass, Fretless Bass, Keyboard Programming, Vocals
Hallstensson, Mats: Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Additional musicians:
Eriksson, Mikael "Zifa": Vocals
Schelander, Jörgen: Keyboard
Alfakir, Nassim: Percussion on "Chicago Blue"
Plynning, Peter: Percussion
Producer: House of Shakira
Mixing by: Bauman, Andreas
Mastering by: Lorentzson, Mia
TRACKLIST:
House of Shakira - First Class  CD  Cover Image
01. Ain't Your Crowd
02. Uncontrolled
03. You Are
04. Hey Lord
05. Black and Blue
06. Creep
07. Black Barn
08. State of Grace
09. Landing
10. Celebration Bound
11. Sunshine Song
12. Chicago Blue
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