Released: 2005, EMI Music Denmark
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
It’s time for a review of the Danish heroes D.A.D’s new CDS called SCARE YOURSELF. The band is an institution within the Danish music scene and the long awaited album was released at the end of May. I bought this single in a store in Copenhagen when I was there to cover the Dokken show and that’s because the single is only released in Denmark so far as I know.
You can’t be sure of what you’ll get when you purchase an album by this band, the only thing you do know is that they’re playing rock’n’roll based party hardrock, (as you can read on the other D.A.D albums that’s been reviewed here in metal-rules). On this single, at least I think, that they have returned to the more classical sounds that they had on RISKIN IT ALL and JIHAD – NO FUEL LEFT FOR THE PILGRIMS and the single is not to compare with the music they played on their latest album from 02 SOFT DOGS. I witnessed the guys during Grön Konsert (Green Concert) where they were headline act during last summer where they played a few songs from the new album and I wasn’t disappointed at all when they fired of the sneak previews even though the material sounded much harder live compared to it does on the album.
For the first time the band has chosen to produce the album by themselves, ordinary the producer is Nick Foss which they have used on several of their albums. But this time they have kept the production within the band and that was a smart move because it sounds just as D.A.D should. The music and lyrics are written by the band together and the first track on the single is the title track from the album.
SCARE YOURSELF is a song with an infinite potential to become a chart climber. The music has the typical D.A.D sound with focus on Jesper’s distinctive lead vocals. The song has climbed the chart in Denmark but despite that the song is not an obvious hit song. It takes a few times before you can grasp its greatness. And personally I think it’s an excellent choice of single with its extremely catchy chorus.
The other new song they also did at Green Concert was the other single track LAST CHANCE TO CHANGE, in my opinion it’s strange and a bit cheap to put two songs from the same album on a CDS, as a buyer you might want something besides songs from the album. As a complement I think they could have added an unreleased track for example. The second track goes a bit faster and is more of a “party” track and in this song you can hear similarities with the sound the band had at the end of the 80’s and in the beginning of the 90’s.
This CDS sounds really great and is an excellent sneak preview of what the fans can expect from the new album. This is D.A.D at their best.