HAREM SCAREM Overload Frontiers (2005)
Harem Scarem return with their follow-up to 2003’s ‘Higher’. This album
carries on in some ways form where ‘Higher’ left off with more up tempo
rockers like the opener ‘Dagger’ with its infectious chorus line that Harem
Scarem are so good at penning.
In fact there is much more guitar in evidence this time around as Pete Lesperance gets to show off his talents (just
listen to ‘Afterglow’ for proof). There are also the requisite ballads and
Harem Scarem achieve what Def Leppard have failed to do recently in
producing power ballads that are not simply retreads of past glories.
The song ‘Forgive & Forget’ being a prime example of this. Former HS drummer
pops-up to add backing vocals and doubtless returning the compliment that
featured HS members guesting on his solo album.
Overall a good album but not a classic like ‘Mood Swings’ or ‘Weight Of
the World’ as there are one or two fairly average tracks on the album. That
said it won’t disappoint and the band at least try to expand the boundaries
of their sound rather than rehash old tunes.
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