ARTIST:

LORDI

(FINLAND)
TITLE:

BABEZ FOR BREAKFAST

(2010)
LABEL:

SONY BMG

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Theatrical
""Babez For Breakfast" is a very good Melodic Hard Rock album and relaunches Lordi after a "Deadache" marking a slight breathlessness."
LOLOCELTIC (22.10.2010)  
4/5
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What if for some time now Lordi has been paying dearly for his success at Eurovision? Indeed, critics seem to try to make him regret having come out of the shadows where every metal combo has to stay hidden. Lordi is now accused of not renewing his formula enough even if in the case of AC/DC, it is a pledge of quality. The disguises remain the same and it's a flaw when Kiss has never been accused of anything like that. And the list of reproaches could be developed over several paragraphs.

Yet, with a minimum of objectivity, it will be difficult to resist to the qualities of this fifth album. Of course, Lordi's formula remains the same, namely immediate tracks with simple and efficient riffs, and choruses that remain stuck in your head from the first listening. This "Babez For Breakfast", with its colourful and humorous cover, is still full of hymns to shout out in concert with a "This Is Heavy Metal" with Kiss' "War Machine" accents, or a "Give Your Life For Rock And Roll" as simplistic as it is irresistible. "Babez For Breakfast" and its excited drums, the euphoric "Rock Police" and its deliciously kitschy keyboards, or "I'm Bigger Than You" and its slightly naive pre-refrain aren't bad in the genre either.

But summing up Lordi's compositions to a formula as efficient as recurrent would be too reductive. Indeed, propelled by Michael Wagener's production (Accept, Dokken, Skid Row, etc...) both clear and powerful, the 13 tracks (+ 2 intros) reach each time the goal without any moment of weariness. A touch of electro here ("Discoevil"), a ballad with Bruce Kulick as a guest there ("Call Off The Wedding"), a finale with a slightly complex structure seeming straight out of the soundtrack of a B-movie (the sequence "Granny's Gone Crazy" / "Devil's Lullaby"), and that's it. At the end of the day, you find yourself kicking and waving your hand in the shape of a devil's sign without even realizing it.

With all due respect to some people, "Babez For Breakfast" is a very good Melodic Hard Rock album and relaunches Lordi after a "Deadache" marking a slight breathlessness. Mr. Lordi has always been clear about the intentions of his combo, which are not to revolutionize a musical genre, but to use all its characteristics to make us have a good time. So feel free to follow the screaming pack and treat Lordi with disdain, but you'll miss out on a new album of quality, dynamic and refreshing. It's up to you!


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TRACK LISTING:
01. SCG5: It's A Boy! - 1:21
02. Babez For Breakfast - 3:29
03. This Is Heavy Metal - 2:59
04. Rock Police - 3:57
05. Discoevil - 3:49
06. Call Off The Wedding - 3:31
07. I Am Bigger Than You - 3:04
08. ZombieRawkMachine - 3:42
09. Midnite Lover - 3:20
10. Give Your Life For Rock And Roll - 3:54
11. Nonstop Nite - 3:56
12. Amen's Lament To Ra - 0:32
13. Loud And Loaded - 3:15
14. Granny's Gone Crazy - 3:55
15. Devil's Lullaby - 3:42

LINEUP:
Amen: Guitares
Awa: Claviers
Kita: Batterie
Mr Lordi: Chant
Ox: Basse
   
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