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CD SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL VOL II REVIEW

REINXEED

SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL

VOL II

2013

 

 

PLEASE NO MORE...

 

 

The thing is with Compilations like this that they offer a great outlet for creativity at their best, at their worst they are a sanitized version of well-known songs that will try to both not offend fans of the originals and allow Metalheads a guilty pleasure by beefing up a riff and adding a guitar solo to a pop song. When these compilations go wrong is when they try to please everyone. Being too obvious either musically or in song selection is also a tightrope.

 

To be honest Reinxeed’s ‘Swedish Hits Goes Metal Vol. II’ is very ‘hit and miss’. There is nothing inspired on here, nothing unexpected. At best it offers decent Metallised versions of songs like ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Voluez Vous’ (which both have of course been covered before and much better). At its worst Vol. II shows how close Power Metal can be to seventies cheese – again on an ABBA songs – ‘Does You Mother Know’ and “Rock Me’ which both made me cringe. Of the other ABBA tracks ‘One of Us’ is actually far worse than the original which seemed to suggest a speedier cover might be in order, and ‘Tiger’ which seems to cry out ‘cover me in a rock style’ is completely mismanaged.

 

Unlike Vol. I there is also an issue with unfamiliarity – I’ve only a fleeting knowledge of The Cardigans (in that I knew they existed and had heard ‘Love Fool’ which actually would have been a great song to cover) and that didn’t stretch to ‘My Favourite Game’, nor did Robyn’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’; Da Buzz’s ‘Alive’ or Meja’s ‘All About the Money’ ring even the slightest bells.  All of which does make me somewhat proud. (Apologies to Swedish pop fans). To be honest in each case I didn’t like the song here and I’m even less inclined to check out the originals except maybe that last one…

 

Best of a bad lot?  Probably the Pop version of the Rock song that Roxette did originally ‘Dressed For Success’ though the original is much better…  

 

Approach with caution...

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD SWEDISH HITZ GOES METAL VOL II REVIEW 2013