NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - EUROPE "THE FINAL COUNTDOWN"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

EUROPE


"THE FINAL COUNTDOWN"


Europe were thrust into the similar Rock bands of the time, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitsenake and the like.  All with big hair, and anthemic arena style tracks that the heavier Rock fans just didn't buy and thought it was too "poppy".  This was the album that got me curious about the band and I bought the previous two albums which were very raw and you could hear the progress being made within to make this great Rock crossover album.  I also have singer Joey Tempest's solo albums which are superb.

The lead track "The Final Countdown" has been the last song on many a New Year's Eve night playlist.  Based around a simple keyboard riff it became a huge hit around the globe with Joey's powerful vocals and the virtuoso guitar strumming at around 5 minutes added to the song's legendary status.  Two more singles were released off the album, the re-worked and more polished singalong "Rock The Night" (from the previous "Wings Of Tomorrow" album) and the emotional ballad "Carrie" which like Jon Bon Jovi, Joey can deliver the lyrics in that unique emotive Rock style amid orchestral laden backing.


"Danger On The Track" is a great Pop/Rock crossover track coming complete with screeching guitar and a keyboard.  "Ninja" sadly fails to deliver the high standards of this album, and is surely a filler here, its a little like the first album, a little bit too Rock standard with all the usual riffs and its pretty basic.

"Cherokee" was released internationally as a single but not in the UK and it reminds me of The Cult a little and also for some reason "Since You been Gone" by Rainbow, love this track though.

"Time Has Come" is a mix of fast tempo Rock streaming into an anthemic ballad with obligatory guitar solos abound with a simple but effective chorus. 

"Heart Of Stone" is typical 80s Rock, catchy chorus with the chug a chug of the guitar, mid song solo and light atmospheric keyboard backing.  Classic Rock at its best.

"On The Loose" reminds me of early Heart and is easy going Pop Rock for the radio friendly listeners.  Its catchy and could have easily been a hit single.

"Love Chaser" has a tiny snippet intro similar to "The Final Countdown" which is a perfect ending to the album.  This final track is a slightly Fleetwood Mac/Heart influenced mid tempo song with catchy chorus and guitar solos.  


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