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State of Mind
State of Mind

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard rock at its best, 17 Jun. 2003
This review is from: State of Mind (Audio CD)
See my comments for the regular version CD (under the name "Ed"). This import version includes two *excellent* bonus tracks, "Last Goodbye" and "I can't wait". The first of these is especially good and I count it among the best hard rock tracks I've ever heard. It's worth the two extra quid to get this version - you will not be disappointed!!!


Welcome to the World
Welcome to the World

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fine stuff from Smith & Co., 17 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Welcome to the World (Audio CD)
It would be a tall order to match or surpass their debut album, but in my opinion Psycho Motel managed it here. The heaviness is toned down and new singer Andy Makin provides more soulful vocals. The tone is more gently structured and melodic than the first album, but no weaker for it. It sounds like a band who have had more time to gel and develop their own distinctive sound. Again the sound and content is, as far as I'm concerned, original and rather innovative. I've not heard another band like them. Perhaps only the two lighter, ballad-like tracks are less impressive ("With you again", "Innocence") but they are still worth listening to. The tracks that really stand out are "A Quarter to Heaven", "Believe", "Welcome to the World" and "I'm alive". Smith shows us more of his great songwriting skills and sensitivity, and in only one track is he not involved either as co-writer or the sole writer. A lot of thought has gone into this album.
If you are an admirer of Adrian Smith or just like damn fine hard rock music, this CD should be one of your most cherished items. Let's hope Psycho Motel reform for a third outing.


State of Mind
State of Mind

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and innovative hard rock, 17 Jun. 2003
This review is from: State of Mind (Audio CD)
Any self-respecting heavy rock fan should own this. Adrian Smith has always been a great songwriter and this CD proves it. The songwriting and musical style, as well as the content, are far more mature than Iron Maiden. I would go so far as to say Psycho Motel are better than Maiden and represents Smith's best contribution to hard rock to date. Some fantastic melodies, riffs and solos. Solli is a good vocalist too, although not as good as Andy Makin on follow-up album "Welcome to the World". The track "Excuse me" is probably the only weak offering here. All the other tracks range on a scale from decent to excellent. The three opening tracks (including "Psycho Motel") in particular are heavy and superbly written.
If you like modern, innovative and original-sounding heavy rock, miss this at your peril!!


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