Friday, February 22, 2013

JORN: "Symphonic"

Rating: R
Label: Frontiers 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
I honestly thought this would be the live in concert, orchestra vs. rock album by the mighty Jorn. You know, similar to what Deep Purple and much later KISS did. Imagine the sheer and utter horror as you find out that "Symphonic" is basically the remix album. The classical arrangements were added to the already existing (old) studio versions, and some tracks were remixed to give more room to the orchestra. It's not like it's work by proper string musicians for that matter. What's next? The swinging jazz, be-bop, hip-hop, or why not the Stock Aitken Waterman remix? Now, these three Englishmen took down a whole generation single-handedly by producing utter crap throughout the eighties and into the nineties. Jorn Lande is indeed the powerhouse vocalist, most of the songs are good, let's move on and forget about these versions a.s.a.p. The DIO track 'Rock and Roll Children' - nice, but pointless.

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