Reviewed: August 2008
Released: 2008, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This album has been surrounded by a lot of rumors regarding its existence. The rumors are over and now it’s here… the acoustic album by Michael Kiske. Many know him from his time in Helloween but he also has had a pretty successful solo career. Even though I think his solo music is deadly boring there’s obviously someone who finds it worth buying. Well, lets get back to PAST IN DIFFERENT WAYS now.
This is an acoustic album where he interprets old Helloween songs that he wrote when he was in the band. Songs are culled from the albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PT1 and 2, CHAMELEON and PINK BUBBLES GO APE. He has also added a totally new track on the album as well. Kiske says “It’s always much better to write new stuff, but I wanted to make those songs mine again. And in spite of the fact that I strongly felt for the last couple of years that I rather have to build myself a new base of friends, it’s always good to make peace with your past”.
Kiske’s voice sounds just as good as ever. He has an amazing vocal range, even though he doesn’t move across his entire vocal register as he used to. The last of the 11 tracks is the newly written piece “Different Ways”, the rest is old Helloween stuff. You recognize the songs right away even though they are slightly re-arranged to suite the acoustical approach. I can’t get away without saying that this feels pretty boring and the many of the songs do not fit into an acoustical package. Another thing that doesn’t make the album hotter is that almost every song goes in the same mid-tempo and I can’t say that the album impresses me that much at all. This feels like an attempt from Frontiers Records to make money on old material.
Kiske has produced the album himself and I guess this is what he wanted it all to sound like in the end. The production is OK and it sounds like any other acoustical production, nothing more nothing less.
Well, PAST IN DIFFERENT WAYS is a standard album with what Kiske does now in he’s solo career with Ok songs. This could have been done in so many other different and more fun ways. It is not a groundbreaking album but I bet Kiske fans are welcoming it.
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You Always Walk Alone
We Got The Right
Kids Of The Century
In The Night
A Little Time
When The Sinner
Michael Kiske – lead vocals, guitar
Karsten Nagel – drums
Sandro Giampietro – guitar
Fontaine Burnett – bass
Hanmari Spiegl – violins, piano solo on track 10
Georg Spiegl – trombones on track 10, accordion on track 11
Benny Brown – trumpet on track 2