Casanova - 2010 - Casanova (remastered)
1. Don't Talk About Love
2. Burning Love
3. Living A Lie
4. The Girl Is Mine
5. Rome Burns
6. Love Lies
7. Bang Bang
8. Sticky Sweet
9. Back To The Wall
10. Ride The Wings Of Freedom
11. Hollywood Angels
12. Heaven Can Wait
13. Hot Legs
14. Written In My Heart
15. Hollywood Angels (Acoustic)
16. Love Lies (Acoustic)
17. Don't Talk About Love (Live)
18. Burning Love (Live)
19. Ride The WIngs Of Freedom (Live)
Ever heard of Casanova? Nope, me neither. But I’m damn glad I found them. Germany based, they were founded by ex-Bonfire and Mad Max singer and guitarplayer Michael Voss and have performed with the likes of Firehouse and TNT with an extensive discography under their belt. Here however, I’m going for their re-mastered debut; Casanova.
Don’t Talk About Love is one of my favourite tracks on the album, immersing you in the aggression and passion of Voss’ voice and did I say it had a pretty awesome range? Not only that, but Michael Eurich sure packs a punch percussion wise too. Burning Love is more melodic, again perhaps too long in the number of chorus repeats but cements the bold, almost brash, sound early on in the album. Think layered backing vocals and a distorted treble toned guitar. Living a Lie is a pleasant enough ballad while The Girl is Mine is worth a listen just for the verses; the rest is a little incoherent for me. I was disappointed by Rome Burns. While it reminds me of Firehouse’s acoustic stuff in the way of Stephan Neumeier’s guitar work; it was just a little bland. Love Lies is a heart-wrenching rock ballad not out of place with the likes of Shy and Blue Tears. Bang Bang brings the album bursting back to life before sliding into Sticky Sweet and erupting into bad-attitude Back To The Wall. This album will keep you on your toes with quiet, melodic verses building into gutsy choruses and solos. The last three songs are worth waiting for; Ride The Wings Of Freedom and Hollywood Angels are two perfectly competent feel-good tracks, the former of the two slightly too long to keep you interested maybe. Heaven Can Wait dragged on a little, which was a shame as I was hoping for this album to go out with a bang. The climaxes in the song, however, are perfectly executed, gearing towards a Bon Jovi ballad with more balls.
And if 12 tracks weren’t enough to fill your apetite, the 2010 edition of Casanova comes complete with several bonus tracks and live versions. The live versions are simply wonderful in that they prove Casanova to be a truly competent band; one that can pull off they’re record just as well on stage as in the studio. My picks of the bonuses would be Hollywood Angels (Acoustic).
A great album from start to finish; yes, it has the usual high and low points but there’s several songs on here that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Last Updated (Friday, 30 December 2011 18:51)