THE 69 EYES’ “X”

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


  1. Love Runs Away
  2. Tonight
  3. Black
  4. If You Love Me The Morning After
  5. Red
  6. I Love The Darkness In You
  7. Borderline
  8. I’m Ready
  9. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  10. When Love Comes To An End
  11. Rosary Blue (iTunes bonus track, feat. Kat Von D.) 

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14 Responses to THE 69 EYES’ “X”

  1. kantellis says:

    oh i think you went so much more easy on them than i did!
    or i was too harsh when i wrote my review ^^ (i’ll give you a link as soon as it’ll be posted ^^)
    ‘cos i was not that happy when i listened to it at first although three songs (“Love Runs Away”,
    “Tonight” and “I Love The Darkness In You”) i’ll be more than happy to hear live ^^

  2. Pieni says:

    Ah ah! Really? I loved the new album! A lot more than the previous one. It’s rocky and full of emotions at the same time 😉

  3. kantellis says:

    i’ve heard parts of it on “Stockholm & The 69 Eyes” from the bonus DVD but not much… didn’t know it was a bonus ^^ i’ll try to find it somewhere to listen ^^

    • Pieni says:

      Ah, you’ve already seen the dvd. I joined that Pledge Music thing and I’m still waiting for my things… >.<
      Anyway, I can send you the file. Send me your e-mail on a pm on deviantART 😉

      • kantellis says:

        *hugs* maybe youtube will have it first? it’s amazing what you can find there sometimes
        (damn wp is not sanding me reply notifications… and i have such a short memory…)

      • Pieni says:

        It arrived last week ^^ But I haven’t had the time yet to see the dvd or read the comic book 😛 The Xmas card season is open, you know… xD

        Go check your e-mail. And don’t forget to see the spam folder, because sometimes gmail is tricky 😛

  4. kantellis says:

    comic book? the new one? i didn’t really feel like buying it ^^

  5. Pieni says:

    I will, don’t worry ^^ But first I have to finish my Xmas cards 😉

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