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On disc: Barbe-Q-Barbies

All Over You - Lars Bjørn - 9 stars

All Over You

All Over You
(Candlelight Records - 2012)

"I didn't choose my problems, they just came my way" sings the girls from Finland, the Helsinki band Barbe-Q-Barbies. In 2010 they released this album All Over You as they have toured across Finland and received splendid feedback. Now the turn comes to the rest of the world, and via Candlelight Records they release their debut full-length CD, a natural further step in their career after having made three EPs since their start in 2002. These girls have a potential to be a great rock band who will stop at nothing, conquer stages where ever they come to play. Their music is filled with hard rock qualities and concert friendly songs from one end to another, a super album where they don't make it harder or more complicated than it is.

12 songs with wide variation and style all within the frame of hard rock, inspired by bands like The Runaways and AC/DC, played in a 2012 rock atmosphere dripping of happy and hard melodic rock'n'roll where they hit all the right buttons. So their problems seems to be tiny when the songs shakes the speakers. Spell is the first song on their list, a sound like The Runaways but in a modern version with a perfect rock attitude where you can also feel some inspiration from AC/DC. The Finnish girls do a cover version of Wig-Wam Bam, the hit that The Sweets had in 1972, but in the Barbe-Q-Barbies version it is with more speed and added some female touch and changed a little bit in the rhythm only to give more finesse, and the result is extremely good. Aggression has tons of bite and hard rock qualities when Barbe-Q-Barbies raises the tempo of their performances. All the songs are good and ear pleasing, but My Salvation is in my view the best song on the album, a balanced melodic hard rocker where they get some good inspiration from Blondie in the building of the core of the song, really hit potential just like several of the other songs to be found on the debut from Barbe-Q-Barbies. They are already greatly represented on YouTube, so there is no excuse for looking past these ladies from Finland.

If you want good and well-written rock music, Barbe-Q-Barbies hands it to you.

9 stars

Lars Bjørn


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