Weight Of The World | review
Eleventh official release (special and only Japanese editions included) for the Canuck band that partially returns to the style of "Mood Swings" (1993), with the line-up made of Harry Hess (vc, gt, keyb), PeteLesperance (gt), Creighton Doane (dr) and Barry Donaghy (bs), plus the nice guest Darren Smith (former drummer and part-time singer of the band) to the backing vocals to make the choruses more similar to the ones of the early two albums.
"WOTW", mastered in Toronto, has a great sound and may be considered as a mix of the classic AOR of thedebut, with big melodies and very catchy refrains, and more modern and heavy guitars and bass, son also the experiences made by Harems along these years.
We are welcome by the titletrack, sometimes oppressive and dark that flows into an open and catchy refrain, while following "Killing Me", contrary to the title, is more AOR oriented and also the chorus ishappier.
"Outside Your Window" is more in the style of "Mood Swings" album, alternating a tiny acoustic guitar withothers electric and heavier with some similitude with Bad Habit, and on the same line we find the more dynamic "All I Want" with a very good mix of a heavy background surrounded by melodic vocal parts. Thenthere's the absolute need of a refreshing pause and Harem Scarem satisfy us witha slow song whose verse is quite similar to Queen, and the orchestral closing (with real strings players) is very intense and passionate.
The short 'rural' instrumental "Interlude" is a bridge to "Your Ruined Everything",acheerful song closeto Cheap Trick with a more power pop feel (traces of project Rubber), and the following "Charmed Life"offers intelligent instrumental arrangements and a good and melodic singing. The joyful "If You" is againclose to Rubber, so it is a youthful power played with an attitude and an instrumental skill sharply superior to the greater musicians of this genre!
The brilliant instrumental "See Saw" brings us to the last track of the European version of this album, that is the strong rocker "Voice Inside" (originally called "Overload") that lives on Lesperance's athletic riffing and on Hess' nice vocals.
All in all this is a very good come back on the melodic grounds with a mature and complete songwriting always heading to melody. I like it so much!Review by Nicky Baldrian
Originally posted at A.O.R. website