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Saudades de Rock

12 Aug. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 12 Aug. 2008
  • Release Date: 12 Aug. 2008
  • Label: Open E Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Open E Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:15
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  • ASIN: B00J0WAHPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,559 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2008
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When I heard that Extreme had reformed with a new drummer and recorded a new album, I was very happy indeed. Even though I wasn't the greatest fan of their farewell album 'Waiting To The Punchline' (I have since learned to love it), the world of rock music was a duller place without them and had always thought they had the flair, inventiveness, appeal and potential to be as widely known and loved as Queen, but splitting after four albums soon put paid to that and Extreme can now be filed under 'cult following'. So, when 'Saudades de Rock' arrived through the post, I was looking forward to playing it, hoping for a great album in the same vein of 'Pornograffitti' or 'III Sides To Every Story' which could put the group back on the contemporary rock musical map. The question is, have they succeeded?

Well, it's certainly a grower. It doesn't always have the instant appeal of their most successful albums, but it is a lot less cynical and more melodic than 'Waiting For The Punchline' so it will take much more than one or a couple of plays to fully realise the true impact of this work. With each playback, you notice the brilliance of another Bettencourt guitar solo, the almost-hidden beauty of the harmonies and spot a quietly excellent riff chugging away. This isn't an album that most people could instantly love after just playing it the once and it really opens up to and rewards the persistent listener.

The up-tempo, harmony-drenched 'Star' is an excellent, catchy opening song and unmistakably Extreme, although the bridge did remind me a lot of Queen's 'Let Me Entertain You', right down to the guitar riffs. 'Comfortably Dumb' is a meaty, riff-packed rocker and would fit right in on 'Waiting For The Punchline'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Jackson on 28 Aug. 2008
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Reading the other reviews of this album shows that not all reviewers are aware of the band's history. Anyone who writes off 'Waiting for the Punchline' or cannot to relate to solo albums like 'Schizoponic' doesn't understand how music develops and grows. PLEASE don't mention Queen! Any musician is influenced by others and there are many influences.

You have to think back to how 'Pornograffitti' sounded the first time? To me this new album is just as good and is growing with every listen and you know that when you see and hear them live it's going to be even better! Nothing will ever top the total feel of 'III Sides' - but then how many bands can say they have produced a true masterpiece?
This album has a natural progression from the genius of III Sides to the frustration of Waiting for the Punchline (that seemed to speak volumes about pushy record companies wanting a 'Commercial Sound').

Extreme have delivered their own special mix, which is truly eclectic with the 'Yee Ha' to the 'Heavy Funk Metal' to the 'Heart Breaker' ('Last Hour'). Like all great musicians it can't be labelled because they can excel at all classifications of music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. L. Holloway on 29 July 2008
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I guess the first thing to do here is explain the rather odd title of this, Extreme's comeback album after a 13 year hiatus. For "Saudades", read "Sow-Dodge", and as a result you can laugh scornfully at people who get it wrong. Apparently it's Portugese for (roughly) "Nostalgic Yearning For Rock". Okay, so we know how to pronounce it, what it means and the undeniable fact that Extreme are still capable of disappearing up their own intellectual arseholes, but is it any good? Well, yeah.

If this had been thrown at me in a plain brown wrapper with no explanations or marking I really wouldn't have pegged it straight away as an Extreme album. There must have been some temptation to just rewrite "Pornograffitti" and be done with it, but that's not what you have here. "Saudades de Rock" is 13 tracks of sometimes inspired eclectic rock music, flitting from mood to mood like a butterfly being chased by a kitten. There's an underlying funk root to most of the songs, accentuated by Pat Badgers thumping basslines, but in the end there's more to this than Extreme trading on past glories.

The album starts off with the catchy harmonies of "Star", perhaps the most atypical Extreme song here. This is the one that will be hurled at radio stations to get people interested, mainly because it's very good, very catchy and comes complete with the requisite Nuno Bettencourt solo. In fact, there's plenty of time throughout the album to appreciate Mr Bettencourt and his fingers of bedazzlement, because there is (and rightly so) shedloads of really cool solos, each one trying to outdo the others with it's inventiveness and intricacy. This isn't to do down the contributions of singer Gary Cherone, who still possesses a fine pair of pipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Warwick on 19 Aug. 2008
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I must admit even at the age of 40 I thrilled when I heard there was to be a new Extreme album. But I had my reservations. Was this to be an embarrassing short lived comeback?
The last album "Waiting for the punch line" I must admit at first I hated it. It took 10 years before it really grew on me.

So with the Saudades De Rock I wasn't sure what to expect when I first put on. And at first I thought `this rocks'. But it took a few listens before I realised that this album not just rocks, it "really" rocks check out Flower man, Star and comfortably dumb. "Run" has a Bowie like quality to it (Fame) springs to mind. Nuno's guitar playing is spot on. Rough, raw and technically brilliant. (As a guitar player I notice these things) But this is not a virtuoso guitar album. It's just a 4 piece band writing catchy rock songs.
Welcome back extreme is all I can say.
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