|Pink Cream 69 Thunderdome||SPV|
Fans of European melodic hard rock need look no further for a contender for album of 2004 than Pink Cream 69's newie Thunderdome.|
The guys know what works for them and what works for their fans and Thunderdome is simply a combination of those two things.
This is loud, in your face and pumped up hard rock with attitude.
This amazingly is their 9th studio release. Their previous best - in my humble opinion - was the brilliant Sonic Dynamite, with their last album endangered not quite topping its predecessor.
But now the band has done just that and along with Sonic Dynamite, Thunderdome will rank as two of their best albums.
It will be down to fan preferences as to what the majority think, but personally speaking I have found Thunderdome to be their most enjoyable album to listen to and review.
Vocalist David Readman is in fine voice and as usual the production by bassist Dennis Ward is close to flawless.
The guitar work from Alfred Koffler and Uwe Reitenauer is as powerful and hard hitting as ever and Ward along with drummer Kosta Zafiriou provide the foundation to the band's uncompromising and increasingly copied sound.
Whether it's on the hard hitters like Thunderdome or the darker That Was Yesterday and Retro Lullaby, or the high octane rockers like Here I Am, the band deliver the goods.
Changing the pace a little is That Was Yesterday - a great rock ballad in the best tradition of the band and features a great chorus hook and a strong lead vocal.
Shelter is also a very commercial track that features a big hook and catchy singalong chorus.
And for the record, I personally hate the song My Sherona and would be happy to never hear it ever again as long as I breathe. But the band has PC69'd it and true to form, it rocks hard and is a lot of fun. Still, I'll continue to skip over it each time!
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