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Pink Cream 69 In10sity Frontiers Records
FRCD327
Produced By: Dennis Ward

Running Time: 59.16

Release Date: March 23

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers
94%
Songs: 94%
Sound: 94%
What is about a band that can put aside all previous recordings to concentrate on making the best one possible right here and right now?
It is rare for a band with such catalogue depth to be able to turn in one of their best efforts ever, yet it happens from time to time.
Last year Toto and House Of Lords pulled it off this year Pink Cream 69 are the first, and hopefully not the last to do it. Class is the first thing. Respect for their fans and their musical heritage also comes into it.
This is Pink Cream 69's 10th studio album. And yes, I rate it as one of their very best and I don't expect there will be many disagreeing with that.
The band has simply taken their time here writing a great set of songs that stick to the style the band are loved for, yet still sounding fresh and inspired.
The reason I rate this as one of the band's best albums is the fact that each song has an identifiable hook. This album is easy to appreciate and easy to get into and the slightly increased heaviness only serves to reinforce the powerful performances.
For a hard rocking album, this record has some very commercial moments.
Children Of The Dawn is a stomping hard rocker to get the album off to a flyer. A pounding rhythm section the driving force behind the song.
No Way Out isn't as heavy, but the tempo is up another notch, the band turning in a classic PC69 riff/rocker with a catchy chorus.
The always enjoyable vocals of David Readman are as brilliant as ever; at times I can hear a little Jeff Scott Soto rasp in there as well as a little of the Talisman funk especially on the less intense swagger of Crossfire.
I'm Not Afraid is one of the definite gems of the album. The chorus is sublime, yet instant and I find myself singing it hours later for no reason at all.
Funnily enough I could be singing that tune or any number of the albums songs. A New Religion, The Hour Of Freedom and Stop This Madness all rock along with a good pace and every one of the choruses is equally as infectious as the each other.
Desert Land is the first sign of a change of pace and it only lasts a minute 30.
Out Of This World heads to a darker place with a less obvious chorus, but it fits the pace of the album well.
It also kicks off a darker and heavier passage of music featuring It's Just A State Of Mind and the imposing Wanna Hear You Rock.
The European bonus track is no album filler either. My Darkest Hour continues the moodier vibe of the second half of the album and rocks hard.
The album closes with a lighter moment the rock ballad Last Train To Nowhere.
The Bottom Line
For a band's 10th studio album to be so strong is credit to all involved. A smoking, yet highly accessible melodic hard rock album, In10sity comes with a double compliment utterly essential for all Pink Cream 69 fans and also recommended as a perfect starting point for those that might not yet have been exposed to the charms of this German rock outfit with their English lead singer.
Recent Discography / Previously Reviewed
Electrified
Sonic Dynamite
Endangered Species
Thunderdome
In10sity

Line Up:
David Readman: Vocals
Alfred Koffler, Uwe Reitenauer: Guitar
Kosta Zafiriou: Drums
Dennis Ward: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Pink Cream 69
Dennis Ward
David Readman
Track Listing
Children of the Dawn *
No Way Out *
Crossfire
I'm Not Afraid *
A New Religion *
The Hour of Freedom *
Stop This Madness
Desert Land
Out Of This World
It's Just a State of Mind
Wanna Hear You Rock
My Darkest Hour
Last Train to Nowhere *

--*Best Tracks


13/05/08: Matt - bruges@comcast.net
Rating: 75
Thunderdome is the only other album I've heard from this band and I really loved it. After listening to this one a few times, it sounds like Thunderdome with all of the melodies sort of rearranged to make new songs. Music reviewers tend to be hypocrites -- do you want a band to stay true to a formula/sound or evolve? It really depends on the band and the style of music. For me, this sounds too much like Thunderdome without the catchiness and in the case of Pink Cream 69, I don't think that helps them gain or keep fans. No Way Out and New Religion are pretty good but otherwise these songs are stuck in Unmemorable Land. Bands like Primal Fear and Helloween both released albums recently that showed a mixture of musical growth as well as staying true to their sound. I would have liked Pink Cream to do the same. Next release I may complain that they changed too much -- that is the fickleness of reviewing music.

15/05/07: Neil Robinson - robbocrook@aol.com
Rating: 80
Have everything since Electrified which along with Sonic Dynamite is brilliant, even the E.P. was great. Endangered was not as good and this one is the same. As good as most other bands out there, but by their own high standards not up there. Production as usual is faultless, but the songs apart from a couple are not memorable. Need to go up a gear next time.

15/05/07: rocknut - swtorrens@gmail.com
Rating: 60
Initially this album hits you in the face, sonically it is excellent. But with repeated listens it really starts to wear thin and the majority of the songs don't stand up to prolonged scrutiny.
I also agree that the band are starting to tread water.

09/05/07: Kevin - kwcollins@neo.rr.com
Rating: 100
PC69 has been basically flawless since "Sonic Dynamite" and they've done it again. I like the addition of a second guitarist and the slightly heavier sound. Dennis Ward's production is once again stellar.
I always anticipate a new release from this band (along with UFO and Iron Maiden). Essential listening!

09/05/07: Frank - fhussaarts@planet.nl
Rating: 90
Great CD, one of the best of 2007. Favourite songs: I'm Not Afraid, Children Of The Dawn and It's Just A State Of Mind.

03/05/07: Splash777 - Splash777@msn.com
Rating: 85
This album has everything a fan of the genre would want. The guitars are killer, the vocals great, the production is a top notch , the songs are solid, the rhythm section brings it all together.

I wasn't a huge fan of this band but I really fell in love with this album. Just enough classic a classic sound blended with the modern makes for an excellent release. Very strong, very very strong!

22/04/07: Strunz - strunz@cazz.it
Rating: 5
boring album, boring songs, didn't like a single song, already gave it away. pffffs :(

20/04/07: 5150 - jarrahloh@yahoo.com
Rating: 31
Great album, really unexpected for me.
Just some great rock. As usual I dont know if i would go as high as the top 94% !!! But a great listen. Bravo Pink 69

20/04/07: Marcel Bourgo - info@2rock.net
Rating: 95
It has been worth waiting for! I don't care to hear the typical PC69 sound every albam again. It is their style. Value for money! Great songs, great production, awesome album! Hope 2 see them live sooon!!!

19/04/07: Paul Logue - cataloguemusic@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
A very enjoyable follow up to Thunderdome with an awesome Dennis Ward production. Love CROSSFIRE and NO WAY OUT.

19/04/07: Mike - quick-lil-evo-8@verizon.net
Rating: 95
Got this the other day, and after a few listens it's not a bad CD at all. I didn't know they had 9 CD's before this one. This one is solid all the way through. You can't go wrong by adding this one to your collection for when you are in the rocking mood. They deliver big time!!!

19/04/07: Rockman - purjfo98@msn.com
Rating: 95
There just are not enough superlatives to describe this group and this music. As long as PC69 continue to make hard rock with the focus on musicianship, melody and vocal harmonies, they will be one of the most popular groups in the genre. Fantastic effort.

19/04/07: Almir - milenium@sili.com.br
Rating: 100
Now we're talking...THE BEST ALBUM OF YEAR, no doubt for me on this one. From "Children of the Dawn" with the soaring vocal introduction to the only (full) ballad "Last Train To Nowhere" this album is perfect. "Crossfire" could be easily recorded by Toto with Bobby on vocals. "The Hour of Freedom" with its dark tone is one of my favorites. And "Out of This World" and "Wanna Hear You Rock" are the best tracks. Great, fantastic songs. Huge production. Guitars everywhere with a set of incredible musicians. What else is needed for 100%? I don't know, maybe if the guys make a record with the "modern downtuned guitars, screaming like crazy, with no catchy choruses and bad songs" they may get the 100% from Andrew (with all due respect, mate).

19/04/07: Roberto - roberto.rames1975@hotmail.com
Rating: 75
A cool album without no doubt!
But the last 4 CD sounds to similar!!!
They record the same album again and again...
Roberto


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