Monday, May 21, 2012


All female bands are sometimes more than meets the eye, but unfortunately not as often as labels claim to. So to get our hands on a record from a band whose half name was Barbies, was somehow preparing us for what to expect. And we were true, at least for the looks, and completely wrong about the music. This is the first album of the band from Helsinki, which was released back in 2010 in their home country, but now sees the light of the day in the rest of the world. Barbe-Q-Barbies are playing a kind of Hard Rock that is absolutely adorable and easy to like. Groovy melodies, and harsh vocals are what you should expect here, and this means that the songs are easy to follow, sing along, and move your head with the rhythm. The songs have the raw feeling every Hard Rock album should have, and the energy that need to become favorites, but often do it in a more modern way. Although based on simple song forms, the band has enough ideas to explore, something that is done in a very clever way, without leaving the path the choose to follow. The rhythm section is very good, as heavy as it could be, while the guitars give some exceptional performance and tons of nice riffs and solos. What completes the album in my opinion is a cool version of Sweet's classic Wig-Wam Bam, which is maybe one of the most enjoyable songs, and gives a good summary of what the band wants to create here. With nice performance and song creation, an up-tempo atmosphere from the first to the last minute, a good and clear production, this album is ideal for partying and having beers with friends. Don't stay at the cover of the album, cause these girls not only know how to rock, but they do it with a style.


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