Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Neal Schon - 1989 The The...
Valentine - 1990 Where Ar...
Burns Sisters - 1989 Answ...
Distance - 1989 Speech Of...
Distance - 1989 Softly Sp...
Well her real name is Fra...
You must login to post a message.

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

12-11-2017 02:39
Starting to crank out some reviews now. Woah!

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2005 Articles » Sha Boom - 2005 The Race Is On
Sha Boom - 2005 The Race Is On

Dag Finn - vocals
Tommy Denander - guitars, keyboards, producer

Guitars - Kee Marcello, Steiner Hagen, Jonas Karlberg, Bo Reimer, Sayit Dolen
Bass - John Leven, Marcel Jacob, Joel Starander, EZ Gomer
Keyboards - Mic Michaeli, Jorgen Ingestrom, Ulf Steneberg, Dan Helgesen
Drums - Ian Haugland, Christian Ekwall, Daniel Flores, Anders Borjesson
Backing Vocals - Thomas Vikstrom

Bubble gum/glam pop meets AOR? I guess this is how you could describe reincarnated Swedish 80's rockers Sha Boom. Another time-warp is bought forward into the 21st Century, with main man Dag Finn assembling a cast of excellent players who need no introduction to those who follow the Swedish scene. Just why AOR Heaven jumped on the Boom-Bang Bandwagon is uncertain, but it is definitely inspired. No doubt Tommy Denander's contacts enabled this new effort to have a record label behind it, and as we listen to this hefty selection of songs (all thirteen of them), it is apparent that Sha Boom have dipped several toes into musical markets like paint brushes into test pots of paint. Dag's vocals are a cross between Stage Dolls Torstein Flakne and Bonfire's Claus Lessman, the resulting rasp and accent is warm rather than harsh though. The musicianship doesn't need to be questioned, all are quality musicians.

The Songs
Perhaps the comparison should be one of dipping toes into the surf during a long hot summer, as this album has that flip-top convertible, hair in the breeze type of sound so reminscent of the years hottest season. Taking the best bits of eighties glam pop mixed with a tougher modern edge a la Marvellous 3, Kick (UK), or even the new Casanova or Boysvoice records. It is easy to see how some of these tracks could be ear-marked for radio, such is their appeal. 'Message Of Love', the title track 'The Race Is On', and 'Big Bang' are just three tracks that scream out for an audio burst on the airwaves. Then we get songs with a blast of attitude. The opener 'Blah Blah Blah', the uptempo 'Into The Fire' and the sassy 'Get The Party Started' (complete with sax solo) combine to make this CD worth spinning at someone's party for sure! Despite the ballad-like introductions on the pairing of 'Here I Am' and 'Why Did I?', both kick up their heels merrily further into each song.

In Summary
I guess the appeal of this album is the licorice all-sorts approach that has been taken. The songs are laden with melody, there is enough of a contrast, and it stays happy and upbeat all the way through, unlike the latest Frameshift album which is completely the opposite. I am sure that listeners will get very good change out of this album, particularly lovers of short and sharp melodic pop.

Track Listing
01 Blah blah blah
02 Somewhere In The Dark
03 My Hometown
04 The Race Is On
05 22nd Of October
06 Into The Fire
07 Get The Party Started
08 Message Of Love
09 Here I Am
10 Big Bang
11 This Is My Life
12 Why Did I..?
13 Fortune And Fame


Related Articles:

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Sha Boom 
#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:43:19
I always found their other releases way to Poppy and a bit on the corny side to really appreciate, but this, with it's slightly tougher sound is a whole lot better. Ok, nothing groundbreaking here, but it does have instantly catchy hooks a plenty, which is why it is so easy to listen too and leaves a big smile on the old face. The Scandies do it yet again.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Arcangel - 1983 Arcangel, Montrose - 1976 Jump On It, Book Of Reflections - 2004 Book Of Reflections, Unruly Child - 2017 Can't Go Home, Sonata Arctica - 2003 Winterhearts Guild, Jesse Brady - 1982 Jesse Brady, Blackfoot - 1982 Highway Song - Live, Without End - 2003 4 Track Sampler, Best Of Decade 2000-2009 - 2010 gdazegod, Guido Mineo - 1990 In Staccato Heaven, Starship - 1987 No Protection, Mirijanian, Craig - 1980 A Perfect Fit, Powerglide (#2) - 2009 On The Edge: 1984-1988, T-Ride - 1992 T-Ride, Crabby Appleton - 1970 Crabby Appleton
Craig Mirijanian Lisa Bade Kimberly Frank Pat Travers Band Jace Pawlak Cintron Meldrum Dreamhunter Wounded Bird Rock Candy Records Rough Cutt Pyramaze Golden Earring Boom Boom Mancini Shy (UK) Wounded Bird The Dukes Sturm Und Drang Yesterrock Worrall Rock Boulevard Bad Boy Firew Journey Candy Rock Candy Records Jake Jones Yesterrock From The Fire Amulet Mars Eye (Sweden) Paris (France) Martee Lebow EP Black Bonzo Rock Candy Records Mayday Magnum
All Tags
Search DDG