Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Crazy Lixx-New Religion



If you have been paying attention to the Swedish hard rock scene in recent years then you undoubtedly know there has been a whole slew of bands pouring out of that country. Many of them share one thing in common and that is a love of the kind of glam/hard rock that was so popular back in the 1980's/early 90's. Specific influences vary, but Motley seem to be a main source for many of these acts. Crazy Lixx are certainly at the forefront of this scene, but they take a slightly approach. It's very much the 80's but more AOR/hard rock infused with some sleaze style hooks. Post Pyromania Def Leppard and Danger Danger are the top bands that come to mind or a tighter version of Trixie might be a fair comparison for starters. Where Crazzy Lixx excel is in their smooth execution. They know how to piece together catchy choruses and their timing is sharp. Musician/producer extraordinaire Chris Laney handled the production duties on this one and he certainly gave it a professional touch. Fans of hard rock from twenty years ago are going to reach for this one. I have laid some praise on this band and they deserve it, but I have to flip the coin over and examine the other side. Which is they play it too safe to really impress me. There are no real surprises and they take no chances. It probably relies on taste, but for current glam bands I tend to prefer acts like Leaded Fuel and Panzer Princess who have a bit more of an edge to them. I was hoping to hear some of that from Crazy Lixx, but they rely more on a tight structure with plenty of polish. It's a good album, but not one that I am going to be reaching for all that often.

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