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House Of Shakira - 1997 Lint

ARTIST: House Of Shakira
LABEL: Bluestone
YEAR: 1997
CD REISSUE: 2005, Lion Music, LMC129


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Morning Over Morocco * 02 Lint * 03 Method Of Madness * 04 No 8 * 05 Who's Lying Now * 06 Elephant Gun * 07 Love Was Good * 08 The Story's The Same * 09 Canned Laughter * 10 Remember * 11 Everything's Fine

WEBLINKS: www.houseofshakira.com

Interesting name for a band, especially one that comes from Sweden. These boys started life off as the promising outfit The Station. If any of you had heard their earlier demos from the early nineties, you would have been impressed with them. For instance, songs like 'American Dreamer' and 'Susan' were great tracks in the Journey mould. Well, a few lineup changes, including a name change sees the band reposition themselves some years later as House Of Shakira. One of those changes included singer Andreas Eklund, who brings the African influence into the band, after spending some of his childhood there.

The Songs
From North Africa to the southern tip, you can hear little snippets of the African influence. Intermingled among a set of melodic rock tunes you ask 'how is this possible?'. Well, take a listen. It works out great. From the opening vocal strands of 'Morning Over Morocco' to the tribal chants happening throughout 'Elephant Gun', it's clever, and adds that little bit of uniqueness. One of the many highlights includes another The Station track, this one being 'Love Was Good'. Add to that tracks like 'Who's Lying Now', 'Canned Laughter' or the awesome choruses on 'Remember'.

In Summary
The band have remained stable and intact over the years, with subsequent releases including 'On The Verge' and more recently on the MTM label 'III'. Not long ago they released a 'Live' album on their own HOS music label, and backed it up with an appearance at the 2001 Gods Of AOR event in Manchester. A band well worth checking out.

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#1 | sabace on August 03 2008 16:00:54
I have this cd years and still I'm not sure what I really
think about it!
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