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Shakra: Powerplay

Twenty years into their career with original members Thom Blunier (guitar), Thomas Muster (guitar), and Roger Tanner (drums)still in the band Shakra return with their ninth album and their second with Indian vocalist John Prakesh. The band is rounded out by Dominik Pfister (bass) and Powerplay is a distinct improvement on its predecessor Back on Track, an album where the chorus of the standout track asserted that the song's main protagonist was, "Fucking crazy."

I wouldn't suggest as their record company (AFM) does that Powerplay is, "utterly irresistible," but it is pretty workmanlike and solid. It's faithfully rooted in the 1980s as strongly evidenced by their remake of Motley Crue's Kickstart My…oh it's not a remake? Oops. Despite that faux pas Powerplay is highly enjoyable hard rock and is, to my ears, the album Gotthard should have made upon their comeback. The album is thirteen tracks long but doesn't outstay its welcome at all and is a solid addition to the band's canon.

Track Listing:
01. Life Is Now
02. The Mask
03. Higher
04. Wonderful Life
05. Dear Enemy
06. Save You From Yourself
07. Don't Keep Me Hanging
08. Dream of Mankind
09. Stevie
10. Because Of You
11. Secret Hideaway
12. Too Good To Be True
Bonus Track on Ltd. Digipak: The World Keeps Turning

Added: January 24th 2013
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2003
Language: english

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