Coup De Grace
4/2/2010 - Review by: Chris Kincaid
If you're not familiar with TREAT the long and short of it is that they were one of Swedens top Rock acts back in the 80's with hits like 'Get You On The Run' 'Ride Me High' and Party All Over'.
It's hard to believe that TREAT's long awaited follow up to their self titled album released back in 1992 took 18 years to make. Not counting the 2006 best of album "Weapons of Choice" that included 2 new tracks and was followed up by a subsequent tour of Europe.
But it was well worth the wait as their 6th studio album "Coup De Grace" is a Melodic Rock masterpiece chock full of gems that are done with precision in strong riffs, thumping bass and soaring vocals making it a top notch effort.
It's not a complete shift in musical direction as one might expect from men in their mid 40's with a combined 25 years of making music between them. A band whose previous releases such as "Scratch and Bite" or "Pleasure Principle" were laden with anthemic choruses and geared towards nailing chicks with teased hair and smiling while doing it.
Sure they've done some growing up but some things never change. The melodies that were common place are still there in songs like 'The War is Over'. Or in 'Skies of Mongolia' that kicks off with a seductive/Arabic like opening before shifting into high gear. And 'All In' with it's swinging backbeat.
So are the ballads like the touching 'A Life to Die For' and the feelgood 'We Own The Night'. As are the addictive sing-a-long hooks in tracks like the epic 'Roar' 'Tangled Up' 'Breathless' or the almost Pop Rock sounding standouts 'No Way Without You' and 'All For Love'.
It's simply the execution of their songs that's changed. Instead their maturity and time in the game is reflected through their lyrical content and patience to detail, sounding more like a well oiled rock 'n roll machine then ever before.
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