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Forward to the 80s!
on 23 April 2009
The longer The Rasmus go on, the less special they become. While there was always a poppy element to their music, on Black Roses it becomes a bit too prominent. For the fans, this is undoubtedly a worthwhile addition to the collection, but in seeking to widen their appeal they have become a bit, well, tame.
Black Roses is melodic, even symphonic in places, and it will certainly appeal to those who bought the producer's earlier albums by Bon Jovi and Alice Cooper. And it wasn't just Lauri's non-Anglo-American accent that put me in mind of The Scorpions.
There's a dense feel to the production with too many violins, synthesisers set to "symphonic" and what sounds like multi-tracked vocals - very 1980s. Yet this is also trademark Rasmus and it pays dividends on tracks top tracks like Ghost of Love, Run To You and You Got It Wrong.
Black Roses isn't bad - but there is a lack of adventure and I heard too many of those licks in stadiums back in the 1980s.