In each and every little sub-genre of rock there
will always be room for and there will always be bands like Jaded
Heart. You kind of know what to expect, and you know that the
band will deliver a solid effort on a regular basis.
This German Swedish collaboration has once more
created an album that has all of the trademarks a melodic rock fan
look for, the song writing is solid and the technical level is high.
But on the other hand this will never set the World alight either...
Jaded Heart is still all about well crafted melodic
hard rock; the sound has gotten a bit rougher and harder around the edges
since the days when the Bormann brothers - Michael on vocals and
Dirk on guitars - were a big part of the band. The two Swedes Johan Fahlberg and Peter Ístros have successfully replaced them on vocals
and guitars respectively, and the change has given the band a harder
'Sinister Mind' surely won't win many awards and
this album contains exactly what I thought it would; melodic
and catchy hard rock with some great guitar work, superbly wrapped
into a great production done by some of the best in the
business: Michael Voss, Chris Lausmann and Dennis Ward. The album
might need a few spins to fully open up, but as soon as you've grown
familiar with their more modern style, then you're in for a smooth
journey through the airwaves presented by Jaded Heart.
'Sinister Mind' won't catch you with your guards
down, but on the other hand you can easily find worse efforts than
this, and it's actually quite entertaining without ever being
excellent. My personal favourites include: "Justice is deserved",
"See the Light", "Open Your Eyes" and "Always on my Mind ", but the
rest is solid as well and worth listening to also...