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Pleasant enough listen but the songs are instantly forgettable.

The press release with this album states that Jeerk are a Swedish Rock Band and Tap dance act. Do you want to read that again? Yes, I did say Rock band and Tap dance act.

Well lots of Rock bands have their gimmicks, their USP to make them stand out from other bands, but do Jeerk have the music to back it up and show some rock credibility despite the bizarre tap dancing claims? Frankly, no. Musically they have a stereotypical Scandinavian melodic rock sound, lots of harmony vocals and keyboards. Singer Nikke Karlsson has a strong enough voice reminiscent of early Europe, but not the material to back it up.

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Musicianship is not in questions with a tight rhythm section and some fluent lead guitar work. It’s a pleasant enough listen but the songs are instantly forgettable. The overall impression is one of those Eurovision bands that want to be taken as serious musicians but then think having some little quirky section in the middle of the song will make them stand out. Fortunately the tap dancing doesn’t seem to have made it on to the album, but then maybe that would have made it a bit more interesting. Press release says timeless, dated would be more accurate. Famous could sit comfortably with many of the super melodic, big hair albums from the eighties, but most of them never made more than cult status and there is nothing contemporary about the album. With nine tracks weighing in it at a total thirty minutes it doesn’t even score well in the value for money stakes. As Jeerk’s first full length album, that only these songs were picked from ten years of material is even more disappointing.

Unless you are one of those know all enthusiasts who think it’s impressive to be able to say to your mates “I was listening to that tap dancing rock band last night” then this albums ultimately as essential as, well, ANY tap dancing Swedish rock Band.

Ian Parry

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