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This release is going to feature very highly on many reviewers' album of the year polls.

‘Performocracy’ a merger of the words performance and democracy meaning ‘Rule by Performance’, boasting ultra confidence and a self belief, devoid of failure. A very brave title indeed by anyone’s standards, but thankfully Sweden’s rapidly emerging melodic rock starlets have all the necessary ingredients to serve up an album that can live comfortably with such a bombastic naming.

The album’s artwork depicting the four band members is intriguing as it looks to shun the previously glam flavoured style, in favour of a rawer more serious image. This would appear to be a conscious effort to appeal to a wider rock spectrum, and one which given the content within, should effortlessly accomplish its objective.

On ‘Performocracy’, The Poodles are shamelessly exploiting their influences from the late eighties/early nineties initial wave of ‘Scandi Rock’, synonymous with big hooks, big choruses and delightful harmonies. The albums opener ‘I Want It All’ eases you in gently with its rhythmic, tribal intro, before crashing in with a no holds barred, sheer melody, setting the trend. ‘ Until Our Kingdom Falls’, follows and is another mid tempo rocker, sounding remarkably like ‘Gotthard’, indeed vocalist Jakob Samuel sounds so much like the late Steve Lee that it fair makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. ‘Father to a Son’, is a beautiful melodic number which quickly discards its acoustic arrival, cleverly morphing into a gentle, brooding dual personality until both are displaced early on making way for a rollicking, rocker. This album has such an addictive energy that it doesn’t take long before the listener is beat in to submission.

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Already renowned for their effervescent live performances the material within ‘Performocracy’, should only suffice to elevate the band on to the next scale, if delivered with the excellence displayed throughout this effort. I can’t emphasise the craftsmanship and professionalism enough, such is the quality, an absolute aural delight. The first single off the album ‘Cuts like a Knife’ is killer, with monumental melodies, showcasing the individual musicianship of a class act, yet no one element looks to steal the show, the balance and arrangements are just so tight.

‘Performocracy’ consists of twelve outstanding tracks produced by Mats Valentin and expertly mixed by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch). This release is going to feature very highly on many a reviewers album of the year polls, and whilst only three months in to the year it has certainly set the standard.

Julian Handley

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