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Album Review: Harem Scarem - Thirteen

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Harem Scarem – Thirteen

Written by Juliano Mallon


One of the most respected names in the rock universe belongs to Canada’s Harem Scarem. With a series of spetacular albums and a heavy string of hits, the quartet had called it quits six years ago. However, a comeback started last year, when the classic “Mood Swings” was re-recorded with addittional three brand new – and great – tracks, plus the announcement they were getting back together to record another album.


Since then, fans have been counting the day to get their hands on “Thirteen”, the new effort from Harem Scarem, that’ll hit stores in December. And believe me, the wait was well worth it! The album displays all those explosive choruses, killer riffs and powerful melodies we all know only those guys can come up with.


And it becomes quite evident on such great rockers as "Garden Of Eden", "Early Warning Signs", "Saints And Sinners" (killer chorus!!!) and the awesome "Troubled Times", which could’ve been released on any of the first three classic albums, so huge is the similarity it has with the songs from those releases.


With a moresteady pace, but with the same hi-quality, there comes the poweful "Live It", the lazy-yet-mind-blowing "The Midnight Hours" (hiding explosive choruses!!!) and "All I Need", one of the highlights on the album.


Ainda, "Whatever It Takes" (wonderful arrangement and chorus), "Never Say Never" and "Stardust" shine as beutiful ballads that present the opposite side to all the rocking the album brings.


In short, my dear readers, “Thirteen” not only marks the retirn of Harem Scarem, but does it so with the same quality we’ve all been used to note in their albums since 1991. No matter the angle you observe the album from, the best and most efficient elements of their songwriting process remain intact, but it also shows the band is very aware of the more contemporary musicality, what makes their sound updated and contemporary. And to make matters even better, Harem Scarem already announced a world tour for next year in support of “Thriteen”. So, believe me when I say that this album is a mandatory purchase not only for Harem Scarem’s fans, but mostly, to any serious melodic rock fan.

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