EXTREME – Saudades de Rock

Extreme – Saudades de Rock (2008, Open E Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Star” … 4:11
2. “Comfortably Dumb” … 4:44
3. “Learn To Love” … 5:27
4. “Take Us Alive” … 3:23
5. “Run” … 4:41
6. “Last Hour” … 5:37
7. “Flower Man” … 3:54
8. “King Of The Ladies” … 4:22
9. “Ghost” … 4:58
10. “Slide” … 4:35
11. “Interface” … 4:34
12. “Sunrise” … 6:14
13. “Peace (Saudade)” … 6:37

Gary Cherone – Lead Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Pat Badger – Bass, Vocals
Kevin Figueirido – Drums

Produced by: Nuno Bettencourt

Wow! Fantastic album. And I’m not a big Extreme fan. I own Pornograffitti and I don’t really care for it, so I wasn’t expecting much here (especially since I don’t like the lead single “Star”), but what a surprise. This album is great. The songs and production is just spectacular. There’s a bit too many mellow songs here, but that’s nitpicking because even those are done extremely (HA! Get it?) well.

“King of the Ladies” is a great rocker and as I say alot when veteran acts release new albums, if it wasn’t for Extreme being considered a so-called “80s band”, it would probably get a lot of airplay. Same goes for “Ghost”, which sounds like something Coldplay will do. But the band doesn’t come off as sounding forced modern rock, this is still an album for Extreme fans with an Extreme sound and I don’t see how anyone who digs their hard rock/funk style could be disappointed with “Slide”, which is arguably the album’s most energetic song.

This album leaves me thinking perhaps I should give Pornograffitti and the rest of their catalog a second chance.

Highlights: “Comfortably Dumb”, “Run”, “Last Hour”, “King Of The Ladies”, “Ghost”, “Slide”, “Interface”, “Sunrise”


Posted on August 15, 2008, in Collection, Extreme and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You really need to check out Extreme’s III Sides to Every Story album. It’s their BEST! And when you do, read the lyrics – the 3 sides (Yours, Mine and The Truth) give the album its depth.

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