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THE SWEET ACCORDING TO SWEDEN - 2005 - Rivel Records

Many are under the impression that 80's bands like Crue, Quiet Riot, Poison and Cinderella were the original glam bands, but they owe a debt of gratitude to mid-70's bands like Slade and Sweet who supplied the glamour counterpoint to the shock horror fun of KISS and Alice Cooper. Sweet had a string of big-selling, pop-rock singles reaching their peak with the million selling album 'Desolation Boulevard'. By the turn of the 80's, the band dropped off the scene, but if you wanted melodic rock full of catchy hooks, you couldn't go wrong with them. From what we can gather at this site, Europe may be moving into a revival of this style.

RIVEL RECORDS has now put out THE SWEET ACCORDING TO SWEDEN with classics performed by members & ex. members of KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THUNDER, HUGHES & TURNER PROJECT, EUROPE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN BAND, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, AT VANCE, CANDLEMASS, TALISMAN, LION´S SHARE, NARNIA, RADIOACTIVE & MANY MORE GREAT ARTISTS FROM SWEDEN.

Christian Rivel did note that he wanted to showcase more than just the most well-known songs from the band and most of the numbers stay pretty close to the originals with a few taking a heavier approach on guitar. Those heavier numbers with touches of stoner riffing just didn't quite do it for me. To me, the band sounded best with the catchier numbers that stick in your head for days, so I have to personally take points off for the noticable missing big hits--'Little Willy', 'Ballroom Blitz' and 'Fox on the Run', the much covered 'Set Me Free', and a personal favorite of mine--'AC\DC'. Done really well are the Christian Rivel and Jeff Scott Soto duet track 'Love Is Like Oxygen and 'Sweet F.A' (featuring Bruce Kulick on guitar) and 'The Sixteens'.

Score: 7 of 10

--Nailer 03.16.05

Christian Rivel´s AUDIOVISION - Love Is Like Oxygen
JK´S ALLSTAR EXPERIENCE - Sweet F.A
DENANDER & VIKSTRÖM - Action
MODEST ATTRACTION - Burn On The Flame
ECLIPSE - Need A Lot Of Lovin
LOCOMOTIVE BREATH - Into The Night
LACK OF FAITH - Cockroach
STONECAKE - The Sixteens
BRIGHTEYE BRISON - Mother Earth
EUROTRASH - Solid Gold Brass
DARKWATER - Shot Down In Flames
MERCURY FANG - Identity Crises
GREEN MEANS GO - Rock´n´Roll Disgrace
HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Tell The Truth
NOZTALGICA - Windy City
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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