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PRETTY MAIDS Wake Up To The Real World
Frontiers (2006)

The band's first album since 2002 and one that will please long-term fans of the band. They have a new drummer, Allan Tschicaja, whose drummed with Royal Hunt in the past.

Opening with the title track this is a great hard rocker with a catchy chorus and neat guitar riffing. 'All IN The Name Of Love' keeps the hard rock pace going although 'I Am The End' sees the standard dip slightly.

First ballad of the album is 'As Guilty As You' and a fine example of how to construct a ballad big lift up into an anthemic chorus. The other big ballad 'Where Beauty Lies' isn't bad either although slightly generic if being brutally honest.

'Brave Young Breed' will surprise a few as Pretty Maids go all out metal complete with a suitably gruff vocal from Ronnie Atkins - great stuff! The band also cover Deep Purple's 'Perfect Strangers' as well, its good but hardly essential.

Overall a very satisfying album of hard rock with just the right amount of slower numbers to break up the album. Classy hard rock and no mistake.

****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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***** 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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