Extreme, Saudades De Rock, 2008
From the opening lines of Star, it is evident that they are back with a vengeance! No lallagaggin´here, they play all the cards they were famous for. For people who don´t know those cards: I am talking of stunning guitar work by Nuno Bettencourt, the instantly recognizable vocals of Gary Cherone and keeping it all together are Pat Badger on bass and ” new boy” Kevin Figueiredo on drums. The backing vocals are another trademark that are again put to good use.
Sound wise I feel they melted Three Sides to Every Story with Waiting For The Punchline. The latter being wrongly not very popular among critics because of it´s dry sound. I have always loved that one to death for it´s brutal honesty and excellent tracks.
Stylistically it is familiar with the incredible riffing and groove the guys are known for. And without forgetting the melody. The unique combination of rock, groove, emotion, musicianship, humour, intellect and melody that formed the success of Extreme in the past is back! Something for everybody here and that is no low feature…
Personal play tips: Star, King Of The Ladies, Ghost.