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4.5 Stars

After naming VALERIE one of the best new bands of 2011 and having their debut EP getting five stars on RockEyez http://www.rockeyez.com/reviews/cd/valerie/rev-2011-08-bmr-valerie-2011-demo-5-0.html  VALERIE are back with their self titled full length release with eight tracks. My hopes are really high for this band and I hope the new disc will measure up.


These guys, for such young talent really explode and blow my mind. The opening track "It's Not Love – It's War" rips right off the bat. Great lyrics and moving guitar work by BT Valerie plus his vocals can reach the masses. VALERIE is a full-package band that brings sleaze and melodic rock to its knees. Track two, "Heat Of The Night", is another killer track that has a gripping chorus and I love the change of direction in music, how the hell do these guys master songs when even veteran musicians lack that spark that VALERIE possesses.

"When Two Heart Collide" brings back memories of the great 80's sound and is a bit poppy but has that radio air-play vibe.

VALERIE rocks with "Vixen", which has a touch of DOKKEN to the music and BT Valerie steps it up with drummer Erlend Omdal showing his chops too.  There ya go with a heavy hitter "Tear Down The Wall" once again the chorus brings the levels up and the midsection of bassist Augustus W.Clark and drummer Erlend Omdal make themselves noticed. The chorus on this one has that great sound of CRASHDIET and BT Valerie really goes off with rhythm guitarist Magnus Christiansen adding depth. I gotta listen to this one again…ANTHEM!!!!

The next two tracks were included on their 2011 EP and both are outstanding "Love Is Like A Heart Attack" and "Taste The Bullet". Just listen to these two tracks and you can hear VALERIE has grown and I'm not taking anything away from these two songs because I love them both but I feel the new tracks are a bit heavier in direction. I don't know if I'm sentimental but these are my two favorite tracks on the disc with "Tear Down The Wall" right up there.

Hold up do I hear Augustus W. Clark standing tall with the keys? Yes, it's the man himself shining on "Love Is Not Enough"! This might be my favorite track and it's a ballad to boot. These guys should be burning up the charts with this one. It's a phenomenal tune.

VALERIE remember that name as these guys are young and have plenty of room to grow but to me they made it already. Congrats guys!  


Band Lineup:
  • BT Valerie - Lead guitar/Vox
  • Erlend Omdal - Drums/Vox
  • Augustus W. Clark - Bass/Vox/Keys
  • Magnus Christiansen -Guitar/keys/vox

 

Track Listing:
  1. It's Not Love It's War
  2. Heat Of The Night
  3. When Two Heart Collide
  4. Vixen
  5. Tear Down The Wall
  6. Love Is Like A Heart Attack *
  7. Taste The Bullet *
  8. Love Is Not Enough

 





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