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on 4 May 2012
I HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE EDEN CD FOR AGES AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RELEASE OF BAG OF BONES FOR AGES...AT LONG LAST "SLOW TO SEND IT THROUGH...THANKS AMAZON" IT ARRIVED TODAY..4 DAYS LATE...AS YOU CAN GUESS I COULDNT WAIT TO HEAR IT.

JUST PLAYED IT 3 TIMES OVER AND I LOVE IT...CANT WAIT TO CRANK IT UP WHEN EVERYONES OUT!!!THE SONGS ARE AMAZING.IVE BEEN WATCHING THE VID ON YOU TUBE FOR NOT SURPOSED TO SING THE BLUES...THE GETAR SOLO IS STUNNING...YOU JUST CANT HELP GRABBING YOUR AIR GETAR AND TWISTING YOUR FACE TO THESE EARGASMIC SOLOS.

EVERY SONG IS WORTH ITS WAIT EVEN THE PRECICTABLE SLOW SONGS.EAST OF EDEN I LOVE AND EUROPE HAVE "FINALLY" COME INTO THEIR OWN...IM PROUD OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE HERE...QUALITY ROCK WE CAN BE PROUD OF AND HAVE YOUR CAR WINDOW OPEN AT THE SAME TIME AND THINK YES....THIS ROCKS!!!!!...

SO GET YOUR CREDIT CARD OUT AND TREAT YOURSELF TO WHAT I THINK WILL BE ONE OF THE TOP 5 RELEASES THIS YEAR!!!!!
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on 9 May 2012
I don't quite get the negativity I'm seeing in some of the reviews here. No, its not Eden. They've already done that. This album stands on its own merits and if you're prepared to give it a chance you won't be dissapointed. Europe have matured as you'd expect after 30 plus years, and so have I as a fan and I like the direction they've taken. It's a solid, melodic, yet expertly crafted classic rock album with some great riffs. There will be many albums released this year that are not as good as this one, and not many that are better. Quality.
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on 22 July 2012
OK, what can I say about Europe & their latest opus...firstly, Europe was the band that introduced me to the World of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal way back in the mid 80's, so I can gladly admit to being a TRUE & RESPECTABLE fan of Sweden's finest Rockin' export act. Secondly I'm proud of all my Europe albums, in which I own every one including solo material & side projects & will continue to do so as long as these lads deliver the goods in years to come. Now to the latest offering 'Bag Of Bones' & why I only give it a 3 star rating.

Whilst just about every Europe record delivers a blast to start the ball rolling, then continues to roll throughout (with the exception of a few tracks scattered within...then not everyone's going to enjoy every moment on an album), 'Bag Of Bones' to me personally was a minor letdown with the fact that I was waiting for the x-factor song/s that'd make me sit up & say "HEEEELLLLLLLL YEEESSSSS, NOW THIS IS EUROPEEEE!!!!!!". Unfortunately that just never happened. With continual spins on the cd player, I can start to appreciate certain tunes on the album, with songs like 'Firebox', 'Bag Of Bones', 'My Woman My Friend', 'Demon Head', & 'Mercy Me Mercy You' growing on me with every listen. But in saying that, WHY does it have to be repeated listens to capture my attention, for I personally believe if that's the only way to appreciate an album, it's soon going to sit on my shelf & gather dust without a thought it ever existed. Luckily I have the copy with the Japan bonus track 'Beautiful Disaster' which confusingly is better than half the songs that made the Worldwide release, so why Japan got that gem is surprising to me (no offense to the Rising Sun). I will go ahead & say though that one tune in which just screams perfection is the beautifully crafted ballad & album closer 'Bring It All Home' which just has me spellbound everytime I hear it.

I do know that not every review is agreeable with every fanatic, but as stated I AM a long long longtime Europe follower & I just expected something a little more special from my second favourite all-time band (second to Whitesnake). For anyone wanting to hear abit of Europe in their second coming, I'd highly recommend 'Start From The Dark' or 'Secret Society', otherwise this is certainly an addition every Europe maniac should own.

P.S. Try finding the Japan version for the bonus track 'Beautiful Disaster'. You won't be dissapointed.
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on 5 May 2012
have been into europe since 1986's final countdown album. start from the dark and last look at eden were awesome. this is just another kevin shirley cloned album like BCC and the Mr Big album before, muddy production average songs, get H.E.A.T Address the Nation if you want the best rock album of 2012, so far..
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 June 2012
I cannot stand `The Final Countdown,' Europe's uber-successful signature song.

It defined all that was wrong with the hair and spandex melodic power-rock of the eighties, a gloss and no substance cliché that typified the genre.

I avoided just about everything Europe did in their initial decade run.

But when the band reformed in 2003 after an eleven year hiatus (other than a reunion performance in Stockholm on Millennium eve) it was about to become a very different musical story.

There was the stark, modern sounding Start From the Dark (2004) and then the more melodic but edgy Secret Society (2006), but the bigger impact was made by Last Look at Eden.

The title track of Europe's 2009 album has its roots in modern progressive metal and is one of their best ever songs, but at the heart of the album is a sound influenced by bluesy, classic rock and acts such as the Mk. III Deep Purple or even the Dan Reed Network at their heaviest.

Last Look at Eden was a strong release but Bag of Bones is its natural and superior successor, taking classic, heavy rock of the seventies as the musical template and creating a fresh, brash and quite vibrant version for the 21st century.
It's also the best album of their career.

The album kicks off, and kicks out, with `Riches to Rags.'
Starting with a funky little riff that permeates throughout, the song grabs your attention and delivers classy, heavy rock with just the slightest touch of funk.

The gritty and swaggering `Not Supposed to Sing the Blues' follows and two tracks in the sound of Black Country Communion comes to mind.

But then BCC are another band taking classic rock and reinventing it for the modern era and Kevin Shirley (producer of the BCC albums) was at the desk for Bag of Bones.

The album is also singer Joey Tempest's finest hour and the slightly lower registers he now employs fit the material perfectly.

Each track on Bag of Bones is strong and a number of them are excellent.
The title track builds from an acoustic opening to deliver a great slice of melodic heavy rock; `Drink and a Smile' is acoustic fun with a touch of Zeppelin; `Doghouse' is a great slice of punchy, riff-driven rock and roll; `Bring it All Home' is an understated ballad with little embellishment (a classic case of where less is more) and is a fine ending to a very fine album.

The Japanese edition of the album contains the rocker `Beautiful Disaster' as a bonus track to close out the album but no matter what song ends Europe's latest release there's a far more important musical point to be made...
You won't find the skeleton of `The Final Countdown' in this Bag of Bones.

And that's a win-win in my book.
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VINE VOICEon 9 May 2012
Europe done got the blooze. Well, sort of. Ever since they got back together, they've been drifting away from their eighties hard rock roots, into a darker territory, before turning a corner and ending up back in the days of seventies blues tinged rock. It might be a big step for their old fan base to take, but blimey, they're not half bad at it.

To create their new sound, they've reeled in producer Kevin Shirley, who's done time with Aerosmith, Black Country Communion and The Black Crowes amongst others, and he's done a bang up job in helping the band capture a rougher, grittier sound than on their past few efforts, something that they've pulled off with panache. He's a dab hand at the bluesy sound they're after, and "Bag Of Bones" really does sound good.

Of course, that would be to no avail, if they didn't have some good tunes to hum along to, and they've dug deep in the songwriting bag for some quality merchandise. The title track, the lead single 'Not Supposed To Sing The Blues', 'Doghouse' and 'Rags To Riches' are as good as, if not better, than anything they've done since their reformation. The title track, in particular, which features a guesting slide guitar from Joe Bonamassa is simply stunning. Joey Tempest may have dropped down the vocal scale since the eighties, but his deeper voice has richness and resonance, and John Norum really seems to have taken to the new direction with verve and enthusiasm.

Since returning in 2004 with the somewhat disappointing "Start From The Dark", Europe have gone from strength to strength, as they refined the new sound they were looking for, and it looks as though they've finally got there. They may lose some of their old fans, but anyone who yearns for the classic hard rocking blues of the seventies will find an awful lot to love here.
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on 30 April 2012
I revisited Europe with Secret Society and found that to be an excellent modern rock album. Last look at Eden continued the trend but Bag Of Bones stands head and shoulders above those two albums. The first four tracks are truly exceptional modern rock songs. John Norum's guitar playing is excellent throughout and Joey Tempest is on fine vocal form. If you think that Europe began and ended with The Final Countdown, think again. This album is one of the best rock albums to come out for a long time. Do yourself a favour and buy it now. You won't be disappointed.
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on 22 May 2012
Since Europe reformed they have released four albums and they have all been quite noticeably different from one another. This is not necessarily a bad thing, both for the fans and also the band themselves.
Bag Of Bones has a distinctly bluesy vibe to it delivered with a somewhat gritty style of production. If this sounds like your bag, (excuse pun), then you'll probably enjoy it.
If, (like me), you prefer the more hook driven melodic material, then you might not be that keen.
But considering that album number five will almost certainly sound nothing at all like this one, then in the grand scheme of things does it really matter?
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on 27 August 2014
brilliant typical Europe
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on 1 May 2012
The thing that impresses me with this band is their ability to evolve with each album they release, and give the listener something that is genuinely different to the last offering. So many bands churn out album after album using the same tired old formula, but not these guys!

With bag of bones the band enlisted the expertise of producer Kevin Shirley ( Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Black Country Communion, Journey, The Black Crowes). The Result is a much more gritty sound than on Last look at Eden, and it certainly seems to suit the distinctly more bluesy vibe on this album. it sounds as if it could have been recorded live, a big part of which is down to he big open live drum sound that was common in a lot 70's production.

The song writing on this album is excellent, the lyrics are well crafted and full of emotion and soul, as is Joey's Vocal performance, which is probably his best on any of their albums since the reunion in 2003. John Norum's guitar playing, as ever, is excellent, but he really does shine on this album in partiuclar. It's obvoius that he is most comfortable when playing blues, and some of the solo work, particularly on the opener "rags to riches", is stunning.

One of my favourtie tracks on this album is "Drink and a smile". for me, it is quite different to anythng I have heard on any of the other albums and Joey's vocal style, as well as the effects used on his voice are very effective.

Other highlights include "Doghouse" which is possibly the most instantly catchy, and the title track "Bag of Bones" which features a guest appearance on slide guitar from Joe Bonamassa.

This is pure classic rock with a lot of soul thrown in, expertly performed by one of the best, and most underated rock bands out there today. Let's hope they can finally put to rest the stigma of "That Song", because if you buy this alubm you will not regret it.
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