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THE 69 EYES

X

2012

 

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10 albums in 69 Eyes are still a band I enjoy as much as I ever did. It’s not often you see a band that has been around for over 20 year still pushing itself and redefining it’s sound but again 69 Eyes are doing just that with X being far more melodic than it’s immediate predecessor the more Sunset Strip metallic sleaze of “Back In Blood”.

 

 

 

You feel that this could be a turning point for The 69 Eyes: on X they sound like a band with an abundance of fresh ideas and a desire to try something new with the production team of Pat Phoenix and Joakim Övrenius onboard giving it a catchy pop edge. Overall though the main thrust is singer Jyrki’s voice which is in fine form.

 

 

 

In an album with a lot to love, songs like ‘Love Runs Away’ is a strong uplifting start; and the trancelike ‘Tonight’ an early highlight. ‘Black’ adds the real class and has you thinking of vintage Sisters of Mercy.

 

 

 

For us though "If You Love Me the Morning After" is one of the best here with a real HIM flavour, following closely behind the single “Red” keeps up the impeccable quality. Laid back Horror Western "Borderline” takes it down a notch and "I Know What You Did Last Summer” nods at the movie before we end with a bluesy ballad “When the Love Comes to an End”. It’s a strong album that will leave you wanting more.

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins