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CD PRETTY MAIDS MOTHERLAND review

PRETTY MAIDS

MOTHERLAND

2013

 

 

STILL GREAT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

 

 

Formed in 1981 Denmark’s have always been one of those bands you felt were one step away from greatness. While that moment may never have quite arrived the band has produced some wonderful stuff over the years, and 2010’s Pandemonium really stood out. If anything this year’s Motherland is even better. If you like traditional Hard Rock with lush melodies and great guitar

 

 

Opening tracks ‘Mother of All Lies’ and ‘To Fool a Nation’ are both great songs and lyrically bang home a distrust of government that is certainly topical these days. Both sound wonderful and are pretty much worth the price of admission in themselves.   

 

 

‘Confession’ really acts as an introduction to the epic, lush sounds of ‘The Icemen’ a faster-paced song that really draws all the reasons you will love Pretty Maids together: huge melodies, great use of keys, driving drums, passionate vocals and soaring guitars.   

 

 

Taking it down a notch pace –wise but up a notch emotionally ‘Sad To See You Suffer’ is simple Melodic Rock, oozing cool and with an unforgettable chorus. This is magnificent stuff.

 

 

‘Hooligan’ has a deeper, darker, heavier groove and even though it’s a great song that boarders on Power Metal and probably only second to the title track for sheer energy. It’s the slower more sweeping melodic numbers though that set this album alight for me: ‘Infinity’ takes your breath away with its beauty and passion; and the warmth of ‘Bullet For You’ despite its clichés quickly has you singing along.

 

 

The album ends on a real high with the sweeping mid-tempo ‘Wasted’. Pretty Maids are on a high and this is well worth investigating.  

 

 

 

Jo Rockpit

 

CD PRETTY MAIDS MOTHERLAND review 2013