The New Roses – Sweet Poison Review

This band made a huge development over the last 11 years. It all started with some Southern Rock music on their first album. Later they got a bit harder...

Released by: Napalm Records

Release Date: October 21st, 2022

Genre: Hard Rock

Links: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewRoses/

 

Line Up;

Timmy Rough
Norman Bites
Hardy
Urban Berz

 

Tracklist:

1. My Kinda Crazy
2. Playing with Fire
3. All I Ever Needed
4. The Usual Suspects
5. Warpaint
6. Dead of Night
7. True Love
8. 1st Time for Everything
9. Sweet Gloria
10. The Lion in You
11. The Veins of this Town

 

German Hard Rockers THE NEW ROSES have big shoes to fill: Their fourth album “Nothing But Wild” was a big success and simply their best album to date. To me, it was even my album of the year in 2019.

This band made a huge development over the last 11 years. It all started with some Southern Rock music on their first album. Later they got a bit harder on their follow-up “Dead Man’s Voice”. The third one “One More for the Road” was influenced by some country music and on “Nothing But Wild” the band showed their love for the huge anthemic stadium rock of the glorious 80s.

The new record “Sweet Poison” will hit the stores on October 21st and combines all those elements from previous albums, which makes it feel like the best of THE NEW ROSES. You still have the great catchy arena rock tunes like “Usual Suspects”, “My Kinda Crazy” or “1st Time for Everything” which you can easily sing along to after one listen. Then you have some very emotional ballads like “All I Ever Needed”, “True Love” and “The Veins Of This Town” that never sound too cheesy. There is also a fun boogie rocker, called “Sweet Gloria”, that makes you move around. And of course, you have the heavier tracks in the vein of their second album like “Warpaint”, “Dead Of Night” and “The Lion in you”. Especially these songs show what singer Timmy Rough is capable of. He sounds simply amazing on this record and delivers his best performance to date. He just finds the right balance between emotion and dirt in his voice, which makes him sound so unique.

The songwriting is also on point. There is simply not one bad or mediocre song on this album. It has a perfect flow and lots of variety. The band sounds tight as well and the production is ballsy. If I can criticize one thing, then it’s the fact that this album is a bit short. Those 11 songs left me so damn hungry for more. Would have loved to have 2 more tracks on it. I still prefer “Nothing But Wild” as a whole, because it focused more on Rockers in the vein of Bands like Bon Jovi, but that’s just personal taste.

All in all, this is another monster of an album that every fan of classic stadium-sized hard rock should add to their collection. It’s simply once again one of the best albums of the year!

 

Written by: Thomas Schwarzkopf

Ratings: 9/10

 

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