A doughnut dipped in chocolate and covered in sugar. Heavy processed guitar drowned out by 80's synth, some of which reminded me of the music used during the Rocky IV montages. Not an unpleasant experience for most of the other songs, with the exception of Carriethat's was dreadful. I almost got caught out with the last song. For a second it sounds like a reprise of The Final Countdownbut then changes. Most of the marks I'll give are for the title track, the rest is not for me, I'm off to brush my teeth and go online and try and find some footage of Sum 41 at Reading.
How many songs could we get away with putting that at the start? Try it again on this one. Now, make it sound earnest and heart felt. Clench your fist and punch the air.
No, no, no! This was everything I hated when I was in school. Duff production. Duff lyrics. Duff keyboards hiding But it still sounds to me the same as it did back then. Lifeless, processed and manufactured. Which, to be fair, is all down to the production and not the band or their playing and songwriting skills. However, it still strikes me as pomp rock.
Style over substance. Middle of the road for mass appeal. Mark Burd: What a dated album! The opening title track is an epic synth-heavy rock anthem.
Musically, the album is very basic. Sometimes minimalism speaks volumes, but some of these songs just feel lazily safe.
I have to imagine they sounded cool at the time. That said, the harmonies are beautifully recorded and produced; they just sound as dated as the synth. A few tracks are fist-bumpers like Danger On The TrackNinja and Cherokeebut there is an album full of duds that can best be used as background noise.
Hai Kixmiller: I remember when this "stuff" came out. I held the album in my hands, looking at it and studying the album cover. Bon Jovi music playing on the store's overhead speakers. My thoughts immediately went to a comparison of the looks and sounds of both Bon Jovi and Europe.
My year-old self had no time for these cheesy, wimpy, wanna-be bands. I've been listening to this weeks selection for a while now. I'm very surprised that it has all the qualities that I personally require to be something that I would buy. Does it make me clinch my fist, and raise that fist to about face level, and then gyrate that fist forward, backwards, sidewards, all sorts of omni-directional?
Oh yeah, someone has to see you doing this in The Countdown Singers - Forever 80s (CD) vehicle Also, the lyrics, harmonies, and melodies all make you want to sing along.
This band is definitely not "All-Looks" "No-Hooks". I think the Germans call it "HookLaden". Is that a collective groan I just heard? Can I get a: Rock now, Rock the Night. Anyhow, the album holds up quite well. The first three songs are pretty much "manufactured" for American radio.
And it worked. With those first three songs, The Final Countdown, Rock the Nightand CarrieEurope didn't just crack the The Countdown Singers - Forever 80s (CD) door to rock'n'roll stardom, they blew that door off its hinges. But it's the fourth song on the album where the listener really gets to hear and feel the influences of Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore and blues-based rock.
These guys are not just a bunch of pretty faces trying to sell rock, they are stellar musicians crafting genuine classic rock songs! Marco LG: I have always been a little ashamed to admit I love this album, but it is the one that started it all for me. Before I was listening to pop, afterwards I would say I hate pop and listen to heavy metal.
This one was bang in the middle, with the added problem of being an absolute screamer for all the girls around me. On balance though, it stood the test of time reasonably well. There are some really heavy moments on this album, much heavier than I remembered, and plenty of melodies. The guitar by John Norum is classic. Brian Carr: My teenage years were mostly in the 80s, and melodic hard rock from that decade was my favourite.
Even though I bought The Final Countdown on cassette way back inwhen it became the choice for this week, I thought it was going to be closer to the dreck than the The Countdown Singers - Forever 80s (CD) I liked.
I can The Countdown Singers - Forever 80s (CD) a power ballad, but come on - Carrie is one of the worst. The song I remembered liking the most from the album was Rock The Nightwhich now sounds fine, but is pretty by the numbers, as is much of the album. The main drawback I had with The Final Countdown album while listening this week aside from the overwhelming synths is the corny lyrics. On the plus side, John Norum can burn up some fretboard, The Countdown Singers - Forever 80s (CD).
Roland Bearne: I was never particularly a Europe fan in their heyday. I had a Best Of which got regular plays but other bands got more of my attention.
The albums have power, edge and a give vent unashamedly to their musical heritage. All to the good I say. Having seen them several times live over the last few tours it is also my contention that they are one if the very best live rock acts in the world. Joey' s voice is sublime and John Norum's live sound is a monster!!! So to reach back and investigate the album with "that song" was intriguing!
TFC still raises a smile and listening more carefully than usual it's far from just fluff. It's a beautifully layered and constructed piece with what us actually a blistering solo from Norum. Deceptively so. I thought the whole album was superbly made and played. The sound of a band on an unashamed mission to conquer the stadia of the world and crafted a collection of songs to do just that.
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