The Poodles – Tour De Force [Review]


The Poodles – Tour De Force
2013, Frontiers Records

1. Misery Loves Company
2. Shut Up!
3. Happily Ever After
4. Viva Democracy
5. Going Down
6. Leaving The Past To Pass
7. 40 Days And 40 Nights
8. Kings & Fools
9. Miracle
10. Godspeed
11. Now Is The Time
12. Only Just Begun
13. En FörAllaFör En

Jakob Samuel – Vocals
Henrik Bergqvist – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pontus Egberg – Bass, Backing Vocals
Christian Lundqvist – Drums, Backing Vocals

Produced by: Mats Valentin

Don’t let the name fool you, The Poodles are one of the best melodic hard rock acts out there today. I enjoyed their previous album (Performocracy) a lot but I’m digging Tour De Force even more. These guys are really finding their footing as a melodic hard rock band with even some metal influence as they throw in some great guitar solos and heavy riffs. They are still writing catchy pop-hooks but it doesn’t seem as saccharine this time around.

My favorite song off the album is “Shut Up!”. Nonstop energy and the lyrics are humorous. It’s just one of a number of anthems on this album. “Viva Democracy” and “40 Days And 40 Nights” are about as big of an anthem you’re going to hear from someone this side of Jorn Lande. The album is explosive and fun. It’s like fireworks for your ears. The only time the band slows the pace is for the ballad “Leaving The Past to Pass”.

Tour De Force is exactly that and The Poodles’ best work to date.

Highlights: “Misery Loves Company”, “Shut Up!”, “Viva Democracy”, “40 Days And 40 Nights”, “Kings & Fools”, “Miracle”, “Now Is The Time”

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Posted on July 11, 2013, in The Poodles and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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