…And here I was, a year or two ago, thinking that the 1980’s
oldschool hard rock/heavy metal was dead and buried. Boy was I
The Poodles are among the – apparently – ever growing number of
retro hard rock bands that seem to appear everywhere these
The Poodles come from Sweden and they certainly know their
roots. This CD is so loaded with influence from bands like Bon
Jovi, Kiss, Poison, Whitesnake, and of course, Europe (just to
name a few), that I first thought that the whole album was made
entirely of cover songs.
That is not the case, however, and so the only track that I am
100% sure is a cover is “Dancing with Tears in my Eyes”,
originally by Ultravox. This is, by the way, a song where lead
singer Jacob Samuel sounds surprisingly a lot like Axl Rose. A
very well performed cover song which goes well in line with the
rest of CD.
This is not actually a new release, though. The CD was released
in Finland and Sweden in May 2006, and has already proved itself
by earning platinum in Sweden for the first single “Night of
Passion” (This track actually made me get my old Ronnie James Dio LP’s out to see if there was an original recording on one of
The title track from this release has reached gold status in
Sweden, and with good cause. This band has a promising future.
All the songs are well written and performed. Only concern is
that soon these bands will be a dime a dozen, as it sometimes
don’t want to go through all the tracks on the CD. I think you
already know what kind of music we are dealing with here. If you
like this kind of music, it is definitely worth checking out. In
fact, I’m pretty sure that you will get to hear much of it
anyway because there are many radio friendly tracks on the CD.
The production is good as well. Everything is well balanced, and
the vocals are nice, crispy and clear. Synths and keyboard sound
are kept just enough in the background to keep it from getting