LILLIAN AXE - XI: The Days Before Tomorrow

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Heavy Rock | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 137 / 2-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: AFM | Autor: ML

The hard rockers from New Orleans have arrived at their eleventh release, which is easy to recognize by the album title. After singer Ronnie Munroe threw in the towel about two years ago, it is the first album with Brian Jones. Without wanting to downgrade Munroe's qualities: Jones manages a smooth start. You get the impression he's been on Lillian Axe's payroll for ages. But another small innovation almost pays off even more, namely the responsibility of Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers) for the mix. So the album sounds differentiated and heavy - and yet the melodies always win the upper hand in the end. This is a pleasant reminder of the last Europe works. The Sleaze-Rock'n'Roll factor, with which Steve Blaze and Co. were able to score in earlier days, however, remains somewhat on the track. This makes some songs ("Caged In") seem a bit arbitrary and not so Lillian-Axe-typical anymore. That's why this eleventh disc is more of an audible stopover than a real highlight. But the direction is right.

Top track: The Great Divide

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