Fireworks

CD Reviews

Grand Design - 'Viva La Paradise' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/f6/9f/58/grand-design-viva-la-paradise-80-1542743611.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 20, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
888   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

Label

Genre

It's not what I expected from Grand Design, but it's still an album worth adding to your collection.

I've been a big fan of Grand Design ever since I first heard their debut album, 'Time Elevation', in 2009. Led by vocalist, producer and principal song-writer Pelle Saether, they unashamedly pay homage to Def Leppard by brilliantly taking the style of the 'Pyromania', 'Hysteria' and 'Adrenalize' era releases and imbuing it with a distinctly Swedish sound and quirkiness, thus creating their own niche. Two more albums followed, 'Idolizer' (2011) and 'Thrill Of The Night' (2014), before moving from the AORHeaven label to GMR.

However, for album number four, 'Viva La Paradise', the Leppard-isms have largely been diluted in comparison to the earlier releases, the band stripping back the huge drum sound, multi-layered harmonies and Mutt Lange-style production. Sadly, by losing the Leppard-ness, Grand Design have also lost some of their own identity in the process.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Don't get me wrong, this is still a pretty decent Melodic Hard Rock album, but tunes such as the first single 'Face It', 'Rawk 'N' Roll Hysteria', 'Don't Ice Me Out' and 'Too Late To Fall In Love' don't immediately grab you in the same way that some of the oldies like 'Air It Out', 'Sad Sound Of Goodbye' or 'Get Up 'N' Luv Someone' have done previously – they certainly take several listens to really appreciate.

The brilliant title-track is the most "old-school" sounding song here, while it's the more straight-ahead, melodic and slightly lighter fare, like 'I Would Be The Wind', 'Love Shouldn't Hurt' and the semi-ballad 'Aim 4 The Heart', that are the real winners. For somebody with the capabilities of Saether, the production is also slightly disappointing with his vocals a little buried in the mix and the drum sound not quite as speaker-shattering as usual. However, guitarist Janne Stark is once again firing on all cylinders.

It's not what I expected from Grand Design, especially given my love for their earlier output, but it's still an album worth adding to your collection.

Ant Heeks

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  June 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 11 hours ago
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site