Originally written for: HINTF
» “Back In Blood” is a good album but I knew THE 69 EYES could do better. The anticipation for this “X” was big and the Helsinki Vampires didn’t let me down.
Jyrki 69 had warned in the promo trailer that this is “the pop album” of the band – which is a total overstatement. I do agree when he also says that this time they did “something really deep” – especially regarding the lyrics – but exploring the emotional side of goth’n’roll can’t be considered pop.
The first single “Red” is indeed a ballad, but it has that hint of obscurity that a pop ballad could never produce. Very enthralling, “Red” sticks not only in your ear but also in your heart.
On the other hand, the album opens with a pure rock track, “Love Runs Away”, with harder guitars remembering the liveliness that made “Lost Boys” one of their biggest hits so far. “Love Runs Away” has everything to become one more.
The rhythm of “Tonight” and “I’m Ready” is rocky as well, and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “I Love The Darkness In You” aren’t exactly quiet songs. But there’s a whole softer structure, more elaborate, moving both body and feelings.
“Black” is a typical THE 69 EYES song which could have been featured in any album from “Wasting The Dawn” onwards.
Elvis Presley influence in Jyrki 69‘s posture is even more remarkable in the sweet “If You Love Me The Morning After”, while “Borderline” is a homage through and through – voice and composition – to the ballads of the King Of Rock’N’Roll.
And the final track, “When Love Comes To An End”, is as melancholic as its title.
“X” is THE 69 EYES‘ tenth full-length but also the mark ticking every well-achieved aspect in technical and musical terms. «
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: On The Verge team
- Love Runs Away
- If You Love Me The Morning After
- I Love The Darkness In You
- I’m Ready
- I Know What You Did Last Summer
- When Love Comes To An End
- Rosary Blue (iTunes bonus track, feat. Kat Von D.)