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House Of Shakira - 2004 First Class

ARTIST: House Of Shakira
ALBUM: First Class
LABEL: Lion Music
YEAR: 2004


LINEUP: Andreas Eklund - vocals * Anders Lundstrom - guitars, keyboards * Mats Hallstensson - guitars, vocals * Per Schelander - bass, vocals * Tony Andersson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ain't Your Crowd * 02 Uncontrolled * 03 You Are * 04 Hey Lord * 05 Black And Blue Skies (Part One) * 06 Creep * 07 Black Barn * 08 State Of Grace * 09 Landing * 10 Celebration Bound * 11 Sunshine Song * 12 Chicago Blue


I've always wanted to travel First Class, getting pampered on the way to my destination. That will have to wait for a while, a very long while. If you want a luxurious First Class musical experience then House Of Shakira's new album will provide it. This album is going to knock the socks off a lot of people. Not only did it knock my socks off, I'm down to my boxer shorts!!! This is such a good album it is difficult to find a place to start. Perhaps Andreas Eklund is as a good a place as any. The guy will crown himself a vocal god with this album. For those who haven't heard him yet (shame on you) Andreas is Steve Perry and Danny Vaughn's love child, vocally so to speak. In other words a friggin' good singer. The band behind him are also first rate, kicking out music so melodic and cheerful you'll be on cloud 9 for a week.

The Songs
House of Shakira have usually been about experimenting, but this time around the sound is more settled and less quirky. There is a seamless flow throughout the album and by the time you get to the end you're grabbing the speaker screaming, 'Give me more!!! I need mooooorrre!!!'. Many of the tracks are nothing short of exceptional, not even anything close to a filler can be found. The middle portion of the album is particularly special with stunning tracks such as 'State Of Grace' and 'Creep'.

In Summary
Though the album could have gone out on a rockier note, there is plenty of punch along with the stacks of melody and harmony vocals. The term First Class is usually reserved for the best you can get and there is no exception in this case. Be sure to book your 'First Class' ticket today!!!

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