No matter if the label says
Harem Scarem, Rubber or Harry Hess you always know you are in for some
supreme hard rock, and this new Harem Scarem album is no different. Guitarist
Pete Lesperance and singer Harry Hess have been synonym for first class hard
rock since they broke thru in 1991 with their self-titled debut album.
"Thirteen" is as the title might have given away their 13th studio album and
their first one in six years.
Not that they have been lazy during their
hiatus; who doesn't remember the brilliant First Signal album from 2010
featuring Harry Hess and Darren Smith, or Harr Hess' solo album "Living in
Yesterday (2012)? And when they - Harem Scarem - released the re-recorded
version of their 1993 classic "Mood Swings" last year, many began to hope for a
reunion, and here it is...
Listening to this new album is like going back
in time to their hay-days: they have kept all their trademarks and the sound is
also easily recognizable. Harry's voice and Pete's strong guitar work are still
the cornerstones of their sound, and I am sure their fans wouldn't have it any
Fans of theirs are somewhat divided between
which era of theirs is the best, and this album will surely please the fans of
their earlier material more than say fans, who like "Weight of the World" the
most. But fear not; this is another first class hard rock album from the best
hard rock act ever to emerge from Canada.