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House Of Shakira - 2013 Pay To Play

ARTIST: House Of Shakira
ALBUM: Pay To Play
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Andrew McNeice


LINEUP: Andreas Novak - vocals * Mats Hallstensson - guitar, vocals * Anders Lundstrom - guitar * Basse Blyberg - bass, vocals * Martin Larsson - drums

Guest: Jörgen Schelander - keyboards 'All You Want'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pay To Play * 02 Bending The Law * 03 All You Want * 04 When The Cats Away * 05 Dopamine Junkie * 06 Draw The Line * 07 Dog Eat Dog * 08 Give Me More * 09 Tried And True * 10 Talk Of The Town * 11 Two Things * 12 Same Old Story



I've mentioned previously the merits of Swedish melodic operators House Of Shakira. You can read what's been written previously by clicking on the links below. I've said it before that this band has a sound all of their own, they're rather unusual in that regard. Most of the time, listeners 'get it' while others just can't tune in. Now signed to Melodic Rock Records, at least there is a label that still gives this lot the time of day. I reviewed their previous self-titled album last year, and while that one was quite good, this latest one is bit loose in delivery, but that's just HoS being HoS, and they can get away with it. Interestingly, the band rarely deal with keyboards, and try to keep the humour quotient at a maximum. The title kinda gives the game away, a poked tongue about the arse-backwards nature of the music industry. They really should've just called the album 'The Music Industry Is Totally Fucked!'

The Songs
The band keep it simple, nothing tricky, nothing confusing. Just hard rock in its basic element. Mats Hallstensson and Anders Lundstrom are still the brains trust behind HoS having been with the band since their 1991 origins. They've seen personnel and record labels come and go, but their unique brand of hard rock remains theirs, and they are willing to share it so long as people are interested enough to listen to and buy their CD's. The humour abounds throughout this 12 track affair. Whether it's the piss-take of the opening title track 'Pay To Play', the amusing but hard riffing 'When The Cats Away', or the growling (literally) 'Dog Eat Dog', HoS still have something to say. Elsewhere, there's variety to be found. The jangly 'All You Want' featuring guest keyboardist Jörgen Schelander, the twin guns of 'Bend The Law' and 'Draw The Line' which are both up-tempo melodic rockers, or the groove-laden rockers 'Give Me More' and 'Two Things'.

In Summary
'Pay To Play' is a fun listen, but as I've pointed out previously, HoS is the kind of band that you'll enjoy, or they'll not make an indent on your consciousness at all. Reading their Facebook page, the band are pretty happy with the final result. I reckon hearing these songs in a live environment might add a new dimension away from their studio sound, so it will be interesting to see/hear some live performances following this release.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 17 2013 08:19:58
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