Released: 2009, Swedmetal Records
Innocent Rosie are yet another Swedish band formed in Varberg at the end of 2005. Rest assured, this is not Swedish Death metal though. Since forming, Innocent Rosie has released a demo and toured Europe and America while logging a gig at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles. However, it is the band’s debut album BAD HABIT ROMANCE that is creating a buzz, just recently topping the Swedish Billboard charts. Charts and accolades aside, Innocent Rosie have delivered an album that combines the best elements of LA Sleaze metal with modern recording technology. Think of a mix of Guns N Roses, Skid Row, and Faster Pussycat and you will have a good idea of what Innocent Rosie sounds like minus the wimpy balladry of those bands.
From kick ass opener “Bitter Cocktail”, the catchy guitar riffs are matched by the real key to this type of music; an aggressive singer that has that special “something”, and Oscar Kaleva definitely has it. Joel Eliasson’s solo is beautifully restrained with just the right touch of feel, melody, and a tasteful guitar tone. “Let a Memory Die” has a nice blues opening complete with harmonica before kicking into a Guns N Roses-influenced romp. “Animal” exhibits the strongest G ‘N’ R feel, with a Tommy Tutone chord progression in the chorus. The production is nearly perfect as well, with just the right amount of sloppy sleaze applied to the guitars and a driving drum and bass sound courtesy of Richard Bengtsson, who also helped produce Arch Enemy.
Fans craving party anthems with no power ballads will surely appreciate this album. BAD HABIT ROMANCE could benefit from a little more variety, and while it is perfectly suited to be background music while drinking beer and shooting pool, it is probably not ideal for listening to in the recliner with headphones on a Sunday afternoon. Innocent Rosie basically crush anybody else at this game right now, and for fans who were hoping CHINESE DEMOCRACY would be a return to form should pick this up and hear what could have been. BAD HABIT ROMANCE is a potential album of the year.