Treat - 2010 - Coup De Grace
1. Prelude – Coup de Grace
2. The War Is Over
3. All In
4. Paper Tiger
6. A Life To Die For
7. Tangled Up
8. Skies of Mongolia
9. Heaven Can Wait
10. I'm Not Runnin'
11. No Way Without You
12. We Own The Night
13. All For Love
Note to all bands attempting a "comeback": this is how it's done! Treat have managed to do what many others have failed - to create a comeback album that is as good or even better than the albums of their glory days.
All the elements that made the early albums so good are still intact - the massive melodies, riffs, keyboards and Robert Englund's unmistakable vocals ! What's more, the band's lyrics have matured with age, just listen to a song like "Paper Tiger" for instance. They've come a long way from "scratch'n bite, all night" or "too wild, too wild, too wild to tame".
Among the 13 songs (and an intro) you'll find a handful of real AOR gems which will most definitely rank as highlights of 2010. The afore mentioned "Paper Tiger" is one, as are the almost symphonic "Skies Of Mongolia" with its' superb hook and great keys, the mid-tempo AOR hit "We Own The Night" and the insanely catchy "I'm Not Runnin'", which oozes commercial potential.
The ballad "A Life To Die For" could very well be a hit for the band too with the right exposure. The first single is apparently "Roar", which is an excellent song, but I do wonder whether "I'm Not Runnin'" or "A Life To Die For" would've been more potential radio hits.
Especially "I'm Not Runnin'" sounds like songwriter Anders Wikström has crystallized all of his knowledge of writing pop hits into one song, and given it a... TREATment !!!!!
This album is a must buy for every AOR , melodic rock addict !!
This is for sure one of my top 3 albums of 2010 !!
Written by Gino
Last Updated (Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:57)