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Laos - 1990 We Want It




ARTIST: Laos
ALBUM: We Want It
LABEL: Teldec
SERIAL: 9031-70803-2
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2005, MTM Classix, 0681-140

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gudrun Laos - vocals * Ralf Hansmeyer - guitars * Frank Fricke - guitars * Wolfgang Schindler - keyboards * Thomas Roben - bass * Jorg Michael - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Want It * 02 Why Is A Good Love * 03 Now That It's Over * 04 Straight To The Top * 05 Jericho * 06 Heartbreak Road * 07 We Called It Love * 08 Long Shots * 09 Badlands * 10 Higher Ground * 11 One More Night * 12 More Than A Feeling (bonus) * 13 Come Tomorrow (bonus) * 14 Love Sweet Love (bonus)


Background
Another addition to the ranks of MTM so called Classix is German band Laos. An interesting outfit: a predominantly melodic rock band who all look as if they've come out of the late 80's German metal scene. If bands such as Mekong Delta, Living Death, Avenger and Rage all tickle your chicken bone, then you would be shocked to find ex members of said bands all turning up to support the rather voluptuous Ms Laos. Mind you, despite this being her debut album originally released on German label Teldec during 1990, this wasn't Gudrun's first run in with rock band. She actually handled the reins of British female metal band Girlschool for a wee while too. Musically, the band are similar to debut album era Joal, herself a German rock femme fatale. Chuck in some other female influences such as Headpins and Roxette (particularly on their slower moments) and you'd be hard pressed to think that a bunch of metallurgy experts such as the musicians listed above would be capable of churning out such melodic delicacies, but indeed they do. Mostly anyone who associates quality female fronted rock bands usually think of acts like Witness and Heart. Though Laos weren't quite in that league, they certainly gave the membership papers to that a exclusive group a good shake.


The Songs
The intentions of the band are clear from the outset, with the stomping intro of 'I Want It'. And when Gudrun says she wants it you better believe it! The good time rock of 'Why Is A Good Love' brings visions of Darby Mills strutting her stuff with Headpins. The first of the ballads is 'Now That It's Over' is full of juicy keyboards and passionate vocals, like Roxette doing AOR rather than pop. The upbeat good-time approach is revisited all too soon with 'Straight To The Top'. Next up is the mid-tempo strut of 'Jericho', the keyboard melody underpinning the song. 'Heartbreak Road' is without doubt a classic, the forceful melodic vocals riding the highway with ease. It is followed by the equally impressive 'We Called It Love', this one is like Roxette with balls! (sorry Marie..). A beautiful track nonetheless. Laos crank it up with the cracking 'Long Shot', complete with raging guitars and deft keyboard parts. 'Higher Ground' takes us into ballad territory, a plateau this band aspire to with ease. They finish off the regular album release with 'One More Night'. Of the bonuses, I'm not sure that a cover of 'More Than A Feeling' was really that necessary to be honest but it's much better than the version that Bad Habit did.


In Summary
At the end of the day, I am very glad this got a re-release. This one definitely deserves its place on the MTM Classix label. Gudrun now goes under the name of Aino Laos and is plying a slightly different direction now. Apparently we have been told to watch out also for an unreleased Laos album to hit the shelves sometime next year. This will be something to look forward to, if this CD is anything to go by. A welcome addition to your collection.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I took a chance on this based on the review, even though I wasn't blown away by 'I Want It' (too screechy) or 'Higher Ground' (which I had found on the 'net; good song but I wouldn't be as impressed by a whole CD that sounded like that). But for $20, I was hoping there would be some good stuff on there. Fortunately, the rest of the CD is pretty darn good. All the comparisons George made are accurate (although I haven't heard that Joal album). It's quite similar to that Witness CD. I've had this for about 7 months now, and it's part of my heavy rotation for good.
#2 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:24:40
Have had this on CD-R for years (couldn't stretch to the Ebay prices) so it's great to finally have a proper copy of this. MTM have came up trumps again with this one, with the bonus tracks being an excellent addition, especially the version of 'More Than A Feeling'. The album itself is a fabulous slice of Melodic rock and truly deserves the praise that has been heaped on it over the years and is right up there with Witness, Heart etc.

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