Weight Of The World | review

Harem Scarem particularly enjoys misbehaving, avoiding to record albums being alike from one another but without forgetting an essential point: the melody! Four albums later (excluding the various live albums) and going astray for a while with Rubber (where Harem Scarem turned into a Power Pop band for two albums), the Canadians pop back with an ironclad "Weight Of The World". We weren't expecting them to return to their roots, the lads getting more and more away from the Rock FM slot as time went by, however, they did it! Those of you still having "Mood Swings" (1993) in their possession will be the first to let their joyshine because we're very close to it. Harry Hess, the singer with the grating voiceand his mate, Pete Lesperance, the guitar virtuoso, are getting back to some Melodic Hard Rock, including into it some things proper to Rubber. The main differences come into the sound, arrangement and texture side of some tracks (You Ruined Everything, Charmed Life, If You), being more modern like. Otherwise, oh joy, most compositions combine Pete's winning guitar harmonies to numerous vocal melodies, which had more or less disappeared in the band's past albums.

There's quite a lot of feeling, energy and great precisionin play coming out of this opus. The first tracks are a real treat, a smack in the face of those who remember Harem Scarem
's great ability to put one down on his knees with some good old guitar riff or one of those titanic FM chorus lines. All this with an unbearable easiness. These Canadians have a way to get you going in a tick. Pete Lesperance's finesse in his guitar play is very often put forward, more over on the instrumental tracks, which you can find on most of their albums. "Weight Of The World" includes two of them. See Saw comes first, as a refreshing interval, and would have deserved to last a little longer. That's obvious, Harem Scarem improved with time and still is a band of exception as this new album proves it to us. It's thanks to this type of phenomenon that the Melodic Hard Rock's future brightens up.

Review by Jee Jacquet
Originally posted at RockTime