The Poodles - 2011 - Performocracy
1. I Want It All
2. Until Our Kingdom Falls
3. Father To A Son
4. I Believe In You
5. Cuts Like A Knife
6. As Time Is Passing
7. Love Is All
8. Your Time Is Now
10. Bring Back The Night
11. Vampire's Call
12. Into The Quiet Night
13. Don’t Tell Me
The new Performocracy can be seen as a logical continuation of the previous album Clash Of The Elements.
The music moved more towards melodic hard rock and the band proved to have grown, let's say matured. The thirteen songs on Perfomocracy draw that line and partly due to the production mix and Mats Valentin Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Mustasch), this disc sounds amazing!
Performocracy opens with "I Want It All", a mid-tempo number that has an Eastern, somewhat polyphonic chorus, making it big with excellent guitar work by Henrik Bergqvist.
"Until Our Kingdom Falls" turns out to be a cheerful upbeat song while that reminds me of Gotthard!
"Father To A Son" is supported by a heavy riff but is a beautiful melodic song in the end.
The distorted guitar sound swells to "I Believe In You". The song rapidly turns into a slow, powerful song with another strong chorus, and the returning guitar riff.
The first single is "Cuts Like A Knife" that develops into a strong song after the piano intro, telling tales of a broken relationship. This is by far my favorite track on the album!
"As Time Is Passing," opens with an acoustic guitar and is the only real (power) ballad. Think of a style such as Cinderella and/or Guns N' Roses.
The following "Love Is All" opens with a piece of speech and Samuel gives this song a strange U2 kinda feeling... but fear not this is still a top Poodles song!
"Your Time Is Now" is also a very strong song on Performocracy and gets in your abdomen through the pulsating drums.
The dark menacing guitar sound in "Action!" is so low that you feel your stomach growling and the solo goes one step further. Jacob sings lower than he has ever done.
"Vampire's Call" reminds me of some older work of The Poodles. The album closes with the beautiful, epic, "Into The Quiet Night".
The album sounds fabulous. The beautiful, sometimes sensitive guitar of Henrik Bergqvist, the fat drum sound of Christian Lundqvist, the driving bass of Pontus Egberg and the more than fine vocals of Jacob Samuel... that's what makes this a very beautiful album with an excellent production and ditto sound.
Different but still unmistakably Poodles.
Jakob Samuel : Vocals
Henrik Bergqvist : Guitars
Pontus Egberg : Bass
Christian Lundqvist : Drums
Last Updated (Saturday, 09 July 2011 12:02)