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Gotthard - Lipservice

Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Year: 2005
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: AOR
Artist discography


The Swiss rockers Gotthard are back with a new album and a new label. They have left BMG for the heavier Nuclear Blast label. I?ve been stuck on Gotthard since their fantastic debut album 1992. They have delivered classy stuff throughout the years. This new album is very much like Human Zoo with a rockier touch. The guitars are shining out again with a harder edge in the riffs. Sure there are ballads as well on the album but I think 4 ballads is too many when they don?t hold higher class. They end the album with two boring and average ballads called ?Nothing Left At All? and ?And Then Goodbye? that they could have replaced to some better rockier track instead.
There are 14 songs on the album. The first single from the album is the great up-tempo rocker ?Lift ?U? Up? that is filled with a great drumgroove and a catchy chorus that will stay in your head for a long time. If the 2 last ballads on the album were weak then ?Everything I Want? is much better. A typical Gotthard ballad with class. The guitarrocker ?Cupid Arrow? rocks big time where Leo Leoni brings out some brilliant riffs with a tougher attitude and the chorus is wonderful. ?I Wonder? is again a strong melodic rocker with awesome melodies and hooklines. The 2nd ballad ?I?ve Seen An Angel Cry? starts with a powerful hammond and when the chorus arrives you will hear impressive backgroundvocals, superb rockballad.
?Anytime Anywhere? is the song of the album. This is a song where they rule the world. I have to say that this is one of the strongest songs that Gotthard has done because this one has it all. The guitarriffs are all over this song and you don?t hear this kind of song everyday when it?s filled with brilliant hooklines and melodies. I have to salute these guys and it feels like I`m in heaven. One of this years best songs so far.
I have always been weak for Steve Lee?s voice and I must say that he brings out some outstanding vocals and if not his best work so far. The production is top-notch with power and it?s crystal clear. Fans of Gotthard don?t need to hesitate to buy Lipservice and for those that have not found out about this excellent band I think it?s time you do.
When it comes to the band Gotthard you oughta know by now that it means quality. Lipservice rocks and I hope Sweden Rock Festival have this awesome band in their line-up next year.

Tracklisting 1. All We Are
2. Dream On
3. Lift U Up
4. Everything I Want
5. Cupid Arrow
6. I Wonder
7. I'm Alive
8. I've Seen An Angel Cry
9. Stay For The Night
10. Anytime Anywhere
11. Said & Done
12. The Other Side Of Me
13. Nothing Left At All
14. And Then Goodbye


Melodic Net Comments 

Agree, excellent!

Excellent, I have nothing more to add.

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