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HAREM SCAREM MOOD SWINGS II CD REVIEW

HAREM SCAREM

MOOD SWINGS II

FRONTIERS RECORDS

Release dates:
NA: September 24th 2013
EU: September 27th 2013

 

 

 

MOOD SWINGS REVISITED

 

 

CD: Saviors Never Cry; No Justice; Stranger Than Love; Change Comes Around; Jealousy; Sentimental Blvd.; Mandy; Empty Promises; If There Was A Time; Just Like I Planned; Had Enough; World Gone To Pieces; Anarchy; Brighter Day.


 
DVD: “Re-Making Of Mood Swings” documentary;  Audio Files: Change Comes Around, Saviours Never Cry, No Justice

 

Harem Scarem was always been one of those fine Melodic bands that have consistently produced great music over the years but seemed like they could never catch a break. After disbanding after the release of their last album “Hope” in 2008, earlier this year it was confirmed they would headline the first night of the UK’s Firefest on Friday October 18th where they would perform the entire Mood Swings record live.

 

“20 years after the release of their secong album “Mood Swings” the band is celebrating the anniversary of such career-defining release by re-recording from scratch the eleven songs in addition to adding three new bonus tracks in the spirit of the original “Mood Swings” direction.”

 

Now I guess the big question is are you familiar with the original? Well if you are there’s no need for concern. It’s always hard when a band re-records a landmark album but here Harem Scarem has managed to top that original release by-and-large and of course songwriter and Vocalist Harry Hess is in, as you might expect, blistering form.

 

If you are new to the band or their style then jump on board, this is brooding Melodic Rock at its very finest and actually one of my favourite albums of the last twenty years. If you want rockers then “Saviours Never Cry” that kicks off the album, or ‘Had Enough” that closes it, are  good places to start but the absolute highpoint of the album for me is track two: “Justice” as fine melodic hard rock as you’ll hear.

 

If you like it lighter then try ballad “Stranger Than Love”, if you want blues and Hess at the peak of his form try “Jealousy”. There really is something for every taste here. The one song that really benefits from the make-over though is “Empty Promises” which just sounds so more cohesive this time round. To cap it off you really can’t go past the key-driven “If There Was a Time”.  This is real magic.

 


HAREM SCAREM
Harry Hess: Lead Vocals
Pete Lesperance: Guitars, bass
Creighton Doane: Drums
Darren Smith: background vocals and lead vocals on Sentimental Blvd.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

HAREM SCAREM MOOD SWINGS II CD REVIEW