Written by Alex Stojanovic
Change The World
Searching For Meaning
The Death Of Me
Mother Of Invention
No Man's Land
In The Unknown
Riot In My Head
No Me Without You
Fire & Gasoline
Swallowed By The Machine
Release Date: March 6, 2020
Label: Frontiers Music srl
Harry Hess - Vocals & keyboards / Pete Lesperance - Guitars & backing vocals
Creighton Doane - Drums / Mike Vassos - Bass
Since 1990, these legends have been putting out records full of hooks, great riffs, great vocals, and overall memorable songs, guaranteed to put a huge smile on any rock fan's face. There was a period when they were broken up from 2008 to 2013, but since their reformation, they have released four more albums. One was the re-recording of their classic album Mood Swings, and three more albums of all fresh material: Thirteen (2014), United (2017), and their brand new album Change The World (2020). The latter is their fifteenth, (yes, fifteenth) studio album. For 30 years now, Harem Scarem have stuck to a certain sound that definitely works for them, and that's why Change The World doesn't really deviate too far from its predecessor: United.
Of course, some songs are better than others. For example, some of the songs with the most memorable hooks include "Aftershock", "Searching For Meaning" and "The Death Of Me". To me, the title track lacks the pop or that compelling element to make it a great opener. I honestly think it should've switched places with "Aftershock". None of the songs go over 5 minutes. Many people have short attention spans. I think many people who get the chance to hear Change The World (or pretty much any Harem Scarem album) will dig the tunes, whether you're a rock fan who likes crunchy guitars and good hooks, or if you're more of a pop fan, who prefers straight-to-the-point, catchy, melodic tunes.
I really like how Harry's vocals go a little lower on "Fire & Gasoline", creating one of the most memorable verses on the whole record. The vocal harmonies in particular are just one of the record's standout elements. Harmonies (whether vocal or guitar) are pure ear candy to me when done right. Now, as I've said many times before, when you follow a formula for your whole career, you're going to end up rehashing riffs at times as you continue making records. There are riffs on this record that sound like they've been used before at other points of the band's career, and riffs between songs that mirror each other. Simply put, Change The World is a very by-the-numbers melodic hard rock album, but a damn enjoyable one with great hooks, memorable melodies, and well-crafted simple songs. Get the record when it comes out!
Highs: "Aftershock", "Searching For Meaning", "The Death Of Me" and "Fire & Gasoline"
Lows: Some riffs kind of mirror each other in terms of flow.
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