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Europe
Always The Pretenders – EP
February 2007
Released: 2006, Sanctuary Records/Sound Pollution
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Sweden’s biggest melodic hard rock act is back with a new album called SECRET SOCIETY from which this EP is taken. Today’s Europe is a long shot from the keyboard-based melodic hard rock they used to play. Now their music leans more towards guitar-based melodic rock with a more mature approach. The big question for Europe today is to whom they appeal. Older fans are certainly not going to recognize the band’s new musical direction, and I think it’s going to be hard to gain any new fans as well.



This EP features the song “Always the Pretenders” twice: once as a radio edit and once as an album version. There are also two unreleased live songs called “Flames” and “Superstitious”. Both songs were recorded at B.B. King’s in New York, most likely during the band’s last world wide tour.



“Always the Pretenders” is an excellent choice for a first single from the upcoming album. It’s a radio hit with a catchy chorus which is pretty representative of the entire album. The two live songs sound not at all good; for some reason the sound is awful and it gives the recordings a bootleg feeling. This EP is not one of the best things I’ve heard from Europe and is probably the most fun for hardcore fans, and it represents the new album quite well.



http://www.soundpollution.se
Track Listing

Always The Pretenders (radio edit)
Always The Pretenders (Album version)
Flames (live)
Superstitious (live)

Lineup

Joey Tempest – lead vocals
John Norum – guitar
Mic Michaeli – keyboards
Ian Haugland – drums
John Levén – bass

Concert Reviews

» Europe live in Helsinki

» Dokken on Hell to Pay European Tour Copenhagen Denmark 2005

» Astral Doors New Revelations European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

» Dokken and Kingdom Come on the Defenders of Rock European Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen Denmark

» Primal Fear New Religion Europe Tour at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark 2007

» Gamma Ray with Freedom Call on the To The Metal! European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» Hanoi Rocks Street Poetry Europe Tour KB Malmö Sweden 2008

» Rage: Carved In The Road European Tour at The Rock Copenhagen Denmak 2008

» Tarja Turunen on Tarja – Storm In Europe 2008 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

» At The Gates at the "Suicidal Final Tour Europe 2008" in Malmoe Sweden

» Monster Magnet - 4-Way Diablo European Tour KB in Malmoe Sweden

» Biohazard at 20 Years of Chaos! European Tour Kulturbolaget in Malmoe Sweden 2008

» Edguy at Tinnitus Over Europe 2009 at KB in Malmoe, Sweden

» Nashville Pussy - From Hell To Texas European Tour at KB Malmoe Sweden 2009

» Soulfly - European Tour 2009 KB in Malmoe, Sweden

» Circle II Circle at Delusions of Grandeur European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Tim Owens Play My Game European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Napalm Death - Time Waits For No Slave European Tour 2009 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

» Evergrey and support act Chaoswave at European Torn Tour at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark 2009

» W.A.S.P on Beast Of Babylon World Tour Europe at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden 2009

» Primal Fear and Brainstorm on Viva La Swabia European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Jorn Lande with Seven Thorns at Spirit Black European Tour 2009 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Ace Frehley with 16 Second Stare on Anomaly European Tour 2009 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Hardcore Superstar with Dia Psalma at Psycho Holiday European Tour 2009 at Kb in Malmoe. Sweden

» The 69 Eyes on Back For Blood European Tour – 2010 at The Rock in Copenhagen, Denmark

» Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life European Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Airbourne with Taking Dawn on No Guts No Glory European Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» The Summer Rock Festival 2010 with Royal Republic and headliner-act Europe in Svedala, Sweden

» W.A.S.P with support Chris Laney on Return To Babylon European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe Sweden

» Monster Magnet with Seventh Void on Mastermind European Tour 2010 at Kb in Malmoe Sweden

» Helloween with Stratovarius at The 7 Sinners World Tour, European tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Soilwork with support acts on European Winter Tour 2010 at Kulturbolaget in Malmoe, Sweden

» Napalm Death with support act on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

» EUROPEAN CARNAGE TOUR 2011 w/ Slayer and Megadeth

» The Haunted on Unseen European Tour – 2011 with support at The Rock Copenhagen Denmark

» Tarja Turunen What Lies Beneath European Tour – Second Leg 2011 at Lilla Vega Copenhagen, Denmark

» Edguy with support on Age Of The Joker European Tour 2011 at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

» L.A. Guns with support act Dirty Passion on European Tour 2011 at The Rock Copenhagen, Denmark

» U.D.O. – Rev-Raptor European Tour 2011 with support at Kulturbolaget Malmoe, Sweden

» Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity 2011 The European Tour at Kulturbolaget Malmoe Sweden

» Saxon with support on Call To Arms World Tour 2011 – European leg at Kb in Malmoe, Sweden

» Iced Earth on Dystopia World Tour 2011-2012, Europe Under Ice at Amager Bio Copenhagen Denmark

» Nightwish on Imaginerium European Tour 2012 at Falconer Theater Copenhagen, Denmark

» EUROPE: Live at Osla festival, Porvoo

» Accept on the Stalingrad European Tour 2012 at Amager Bio Copenhagen, Denmark

» Gojira with support at L'Enfant Sauvage World Tour 2012-13 European Tour Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» Lacuna Coil with support at Dark Legacy European Tour 2012 Pumpehuset Copenhagen Denmark


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