What the Hell is going on?
First Trixter releases a good album and now this. If you would have told me that Europe, yes that Europe, would put out an album in 2012 that would make me forget about the “Final Countdown” I would eat my hat.
Well someone grab the Tony Chachere’s because Bag Of Bones is a great album.
When you think of Europe what immediate comes to mind is pop rock dominated by keyboards. Thankfully that has all changed and now Europe is a band more akin to UFO. Gone are the big keyboards on “Countdown” and “Carrie”. What is here is blues based guitar from John Norum that mesh so well with Joey Tempest’s voice that if this had another name you would not know who it was. Bag Of Bones starts off with “Riches To Rags” with its’ big riff and subtle organs. It is followed by the aptly named “Not Supposed To Sing The Blues” a slow, down and dirty number that has a dash of Zeppelin in it. There is some more Zep influence mixed with some D.A.D on “A Drink and A Smile”. The band does a smart thing and closes out the album with “Mercy You Mercy Me” a high energy fist pumper that leaves you wanting more.
Actually the album does not end there. It wraps up with “Bring It All Home” a very pedestrian ballad that reminded me of the movie Still Crazy and not in a good way.
Bag Of Bones is so good that I hereby forgive Eurpoe for making everyone listen to “Final Countdown” on every year end countdown special. That’s how good this album is. However, I will not forgive Joey Tempest for being 50 and looking this good.
Fuck you Joey!!! Your blowing it for the rest of us.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space