Title - 'Bel Air' (The End Records)
Artist - Guano Apes
The Guano Apes are that rarest of phenomena, a German band which has gone global. And, thankfully for us here in the US, the band have just released their follow-up to Proud Like A God via The End Records.
The album, which debuted at #1 in Germany and has seen similar numbers across Europe, was produced by HOLSwedish/Danish Grammy winner Jon Schumann (Carpark North, Mew and Kent) and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Coldplay, Oasis and Pink), Terry Date (Pantera, Soundgarden) and Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback).
This powerhouse combination, along with the the band reunited in the line-up which brought them their greatest successes to date (Henning Rümenapp, Dennis Poschwatta, Stefan Ude and Sandra Nasic) has resulted in a revitalized group, sounding better than ever before.
This incredible album kicks off in barnstorming, guitar-racing form with 'Sunday Lover,' before the first single from the album, the bouncy 'Oh What A Night' is brought forth. The slower-paced, and thought-provoking 'When The Ships Arrive' is next before the flowing 'This Time.'
The frantic 'She's A Killer' and 'Tiger' are next, and (for my money, anyway!) the best track on the album bounces out next, 'Fanman.' A song that fairly pulsates off the disc once the chorus kicks in, the track encapsulates Guano Apes at their musical finest.
The brilliant, albeit short rave-rap solo opening to 'All I Wanna Do' brings us another outstanding, manic track, before 'Fire In Your Eyes' and the Goth 'Trust' close the album.
But, if you have the version of this CD with bonus tracks, then you can still look forward to an alternate version of 'Fire' and the trippy 'Carol And Shine.' And sure, this ain't no Proud Like A God bash 'em and smash 'em out and into yer ear drums record, but Sandra Nasic ain't who she used to be either - which re: evolution is a great thing, trust me!