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Harem Scarem
Mood Swings II
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 27 September, 2013
Playing time: 58:08

''Mood Swings'' was Harem Scarem's second album, which was released in 1993. Harem Scarem celebrates its 20 anniversary as a band and this is a re-recording with the eleven original songs and they have added three new bonus tracks in the same style as the original songs from -93. Their latest album was 'Hope' from 2008 and after that disc they disbanded.

I know that they have reunited and will be on tour in Europe, Asia this autumn/winter. This Canadian melodic hard rock band has the great vocalist Harry Hess as the given front man and on guitar is Pete Lesperance doing a magnificent work. Drummer is Darren Smith and on bass - Creighton Doane.

They have thirteen discs under their belt and this album is maybe one of their best releases. Brilliant songs with timeless harmonies packed in a new digital and a flawless production. Harry's sleazy vocals are just like tasty seasonings to this melodic smorgasbord. I love the guitar playing through this album, especially on the short instrumental track 'Mandy'. The first tune on the album is the strong 'Saviors Never Cry' which is one of the best tracks. The surprisingly heavy track with a very groovy rhythm 'No Justice' is grabbing me at the core and is put in the save folder. The radio friendly track 'Stranger than Love' is a very melodic song with elegant guitars. 'Change Comes Around' is also one of the better songs on the album with an up-tempo and I get a positive feeling when I listen to this song. 'Jealousy' is a bluesy rock song with a soul-music mood into it.

I jump to the three new bonus tracks and these songs sound very promising. IF they want to proceed as a band and hopefully do a re-start with a new album with new songs they will attract me anyway. I've found it interesting to re-discover this album and I have read that the upcoming tour will do a little turn to Sweden also. The first time ever!!

Must check my calendar...

01. Saviors Never Cry
No Justice
Stranger Than Love
Change Comes Around
Sentimental Blvd
Empty Promises
If There Was A Time
Just Like I Planned
11. Had Enough
12. World Gone To Pieces
13. Anarchy
14. Brighter Day
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 87/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 14 September, 2013
Website: www.haremscarem.net