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CROWN OF THORNS ‘Karma Voodoo’ (Island 2002)

Jean Beauvoir is a man who couldn’t write a bad song if he tried! This album marks a heavier turn but with those hook laden harmonies still in place. Case in point is the opener ‘Believer’, a bouncy rocker with those trademark harmony backing vocals - sheer listening bliss! A tune that won’t leave your head after one play. ‘Gotta Get Next To You’ is driven by a heavy guitar riff and a harmony filled chorus. There is a cover of George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ which stays faithfully to the original, with the addition of some spacey background sounds. Next up is a duet with Doro Pesch, ‘Shed No Tears’, which has a very soft vocal performance by Doro (hard to believe this is the same voice of Warlock!). This song is an album highlight and great vocals from both performers. Another prime slice of melodic rock ‘Let’s Start Over Again’, features some great guitar soloing.

‘I’m Sorry’ is another ballad, building from a keyboard opening into an uplifting ballad - complete with harmony vocal chorus, subdued drums and guitar solos. ‘Alone Again’ is the weakest track on the album, a mid-tempo song that never really gets going. ‘Keep On Survivin’ and ‘Once In My Life’ close the album in style - uptempo in the case of the former song and uplifting in the latter song’s case.

Another quality slice of melodic rock by Crown of Thorns and if you have never heard anything by them, then buy this album or get a copy of their debut album. The guitars are much more up in the mix this time, along with a some excellent drumming by Hawk Lopez.



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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