Tesla are back and on spectacular form. This is superb. This
review could simply be a list of positive adjectives with the only minor, almost
completely negligible point that it is a little ballad heavy. You can probably
guess by the song titles. A little Aerosmith-ish in that respect, but all the
same they are powerful songs. That's 'cos they're not formulaic, they stand out.
They have to, it's a long album. Over an hour, but a damn good hour. Most long
albums run the risk of wearing people down and this is 20 minutes longer than
your average one, but I've listened to it several times and I'm anything but
The best track for me on the album is the opener, 'M.P.3'. It's an excellently
thought out criticism at the modern worlds technology, and describes how some of
the advances that have been made are not necessarily actually all that good, and
that some things were simpler before. A favourite line is "and reaching out to a
friend in need means more than a text from a cell phone screen". Amen to that. I
am a little hypocritical here, cos while I agree with this, I am listening to a
digital version of the album. In fact, were everything simpler I probably
couldn't be a reviewer. Wouldn't have space for the records, see? Forgive me,
Tesla, I assure you that in principle I am in agreement.
Tesla have strong staying power. Nothing has wavered, everything is on top of
the game and the songs are right out of the classic era that most rock fans love
more than any other. I'm talking about the 80s, of course. Doesn't mean it's an
album uniquely for that type of fan and I would encourage any rock or metal fan
to give this a go. The contemporary lyrical themes are brilliant because they
take everyday issues and put them into a classic sound. There is no better hard
rock album I have heard since joining power of metal, and this for me is right
up there with some of the best I have ever heard. Dated in some places but fresh
in others - and the so called 'dated' sounds are only present in so far as they
are necessary characteristics of the genre.
The classic heavy rock tends to be one of the most popular rock genres, probably
because it was one of the first - and this is something that has everything
people love about that. It also has everything that people who only occasionally
listen to rock will love - mainly 'cos most people that aren't rock fans only
listen to the classic heavy rock and this is just what this is - and brilliantly
'Flip Side' is a particular favourite 'cos the lyrics are so contemporary and
discuss things that piss most people off. It's like bitching about stuff but in
a way that's a lot of fun. If only everyone bitched using rock and roll and a
medium. Oh well...
Listen to it in the car with the windows down and the volume up as loud as you
or your stereo can take it - start with 'Ricochet' and do so on your way to one
of their gigs this summer. Check their website and get your asses to see this
fantastic band. This was an absolute pleasure to have reviewed.