|Shakra - ‘Powerplay’ (AFM Records)|
|Written by Nev Brooks|
|Thursday, 17 January 2013 04:00|
This is, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, the ninth album from this Swiss band who have been together for over 20 years (albeit with a plethora of line up changes), and ‘Powerplay’ follows on from a number two placing (where in the world the PR blurb doesn’t exactly clarify - perhaps it was Switzerland?) for their last long player ‘Back On Track’.
I can’t help but smile as I start to get my thoughts together for this review, the singer doesn’t half sound like a certain Jon Bon Jovi, the lead guitarist I’m sure has modeled himself on a certain George Lynch, it seems so obvious, or am I missing something?
This really could be huge, but only in the American marketplace of the 1980’s or perhaps Nottingham Rock City, and I think that's my issue with ‘Powerplay’, it’s really not a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, (in fact if you're a fan of Dokken, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Giuffria or Tyketto you will love it) but I don't think the band’s sound has progressed outside simply imitating those early days of Hair Metal excess. It’s got all those 1980’s style shout it out arena style choruses like “I Just Want To Rock” during ‘Higher’, plus it’s also got the cheesy 1980’s power ballads like ‘Wonderful Life’.
In a line up of retro bands Shakra would really fit right in, they should definitely be signed up for the next Hard Rock Hell or better still the AOR version of that event, because if dodgy 1980’s Hair Metal is your thing you will love this. In fact you can put it on your stereo and dream that grunge never happened!
As for me?
"Where’s my Hip Priests LP?"