HOUSE OF SHAKIRA – Lint (1997)
Wow, this really hits you like a brick wall!
The first thing I can think of when hearing the hard rocking fist in the air melodic bliss of Morning Over Morocco, is why haven’t I heard this album earlier! And why wasn’t I told that House Of Shikara are a powerful blend of a solo Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger and a little Journey.
Vocalist Andreas Eklund is a great Tommy Shaw like singer, with as good a set of lungs. The second track Lint temporarily stops me going completely off, with its more laid-back rock feel. But from that song we go straight into Method Of Madness, which by the time it’s finished, with its catchy and original harmony vocals, and big sing a long finish, it will be embedded in your mind forever.
Damn this is good!
The first ballad up is No.8, which continues the awesome harmony vocals, and mixes Tommy Shaw/Styx with a little of The Storm and the Journey connection. This album was rated one of the best albums of last year in Frontiers/The Rock magazine. I am not going to waste my time wishing I had discovered this earlier, just take my advice and don’t leave it any longer yourself.
From that we move straight into another huge melodic feast of harmonies, choruses and Journey comparisons with Who’s Lying Now. Just imagine Journey’s Who’s Crying Now on speed!
Elephant Gun is a little more laid back, and once again brings out Tommy Shaw comparisons. Great melodies! Love Was Good is a mid-paced groover of a track which leads into The Story’s The Same, a softer ballad, that could have come off any Tommy Shaw solo record, with the harmonies of the Shaw/Blades album.
Canned Laughter is another mid paced rock tune, but not quite as catchy as the first half of the record. Remember is an acoustic driven pop rocker, with a little organ thrown in for good measure. The chorus is again very catchy, with nice harmonies, and a very smooth delivery.
The album is rounded out with Everything’s Fine, which is a harmony ballad sung with only the backing of an acoustic guitar, and an inspired Cello solo.
The best songs are probably the first 6 of the album, but the difference between the first half and second is negligible, showing how strong this album is.
A great record. Go get it!