The Poodles – Prisma (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:47 minutes | 443 MB | Genre: Rock, Glam Rock, Hard Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © GAIN
The Poodles are back. One of the big draws, taking that the execution and performances are top notch as a given, is that the song selection is as wonderful as it is eclectic. It’s a brave album as far as song choices go which may divide some fans like me who find modern Pop music and especially processed digital DJ music pretty much an anathema
‘Crazy Horses’ that untouchable Osmond’s masterpiece is a great way to start out – I’ve heard a few attempts at this one over the years but few that capture the rawness of the original as well as The Poodles have done here. A nice hard rocking take on Hall and Oates ‘Maniac’ from the 80’s movie ‘Flashdance’ follows to deliver what you really want in a covers album – something a little different and unexpected which sounds col as hell.
There are only really two duds here and the first is the cover of the David Guetta song ‘Love is Gone’ and its a really simple reason – despite being beefed up by some searing guitar and a great drum track it’s honestly just not that good a song. There’s a slight improvement with second single ‘It’s No Good’ – a cover of the Depeche Mode song. It’s dark and brooding and vaguely sinister but like the Guetta cover it suffers from not actually being that strong a song, sure its interesting lyrically but that’s about it. I hope it’s not only me but I don’t at all understand this desire Rock bands have to force feed us Pop songs I’d much rather hear an album full of hidden rock gems than anything close to what comes next…
The second dud ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ by ‘House Supergroup’ Swedish House Mafia makes Reckless Love’s dabbles with Euro Pop (which I hated completely and utterly) look rather cultured in comparison and to put a creatively bereft cobbled-together electronic piece of vacuous fluff next to an immortal classic like ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ almost beggars belief. Lyrically, creatively and musically Elton John even on his worst day would empty his bowels all over nonsense like that. Thankfully though it seems to be out of the system.
Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ gets an interesting treatment and strays a fair way from the original but you can’t hide that groove, it’s probably one of the best Blondie covers I’ve heard and as a huge fan that’s a big compliment. Similarly Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ which here is treated rather faithfully kicks arse – surely one of the greatest rock songs ever written and done some real justice by the band.
Did I say two duds? ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ may be a cool title but it’s languid ‘heard it all before just far, far, far better‘ predictability is pretty offensive to these ears. Never having heard it before I just discovered it’s a song by Adele which to be honest doesn’t surprise me – the musical equivalent of painting by numbers or spray cheese.
1. The Poodles – Crazy Horses (02:33)
2. The Poodles – Maniac (04:20)
3. The Poodles – Love is Gone (03:09)
4. The Poodles – It’s No Good (04:18)
5. The Poodles – Don’t You Worry Child (03:37)
6. The Poodles – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (03:36)
7. The Poodles – Call Me (03:10)
8. The Poodles – Go Your Own Way (03:23)
9. The Poodles – Set Fire to the Rain (04:03)
10. The Poodles – Soldiers of Fortune (Bonus Track) (03:33)