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CD review BACKYARD BABIES "Four by four"

Veröffentlicht am 19. August 2015 von Markus W. in Backyard Babies, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, News, CD Review, Rock, Punkrock

(6/10) When I heard the first time about a new upcoming album of the Backyard Babies I was really excited. Eight years after the guys released their latest album I wasn't expecting a new one anymore. Dregen as well as Nicke Borg have their own bands going on and my thought was "that this was it with Backyard Babies".

So, when I got the new record "Four by four" in my mailbox I was really excited and curious about what I will get the hear. After a few rounds I must admit that my expectations have been too high. Of course I had punk'n'roll masterpieces, such as "Stockholm syndrome", in mind when I pressed the 'Play' button. But that's partly not what came out of my speakers.

After a few rounds I still have some difficulties with the album. It feels like a bit of too much 'bubblegum' and a bit too little 'dirt under the fingernails'. Not that the album sounds bad, but it's less raw and less straight to the point as most of the earlier releases. I was more reminded to US punkrock bands like Green Day when I listen to e.g. "Never finish again" and "Wasted years". Again, it isn't something that is per se a bad thing; it's just unexpected and surprising. I guess it will open some doors to new fans that don't have Backyard Babies in their system yet while older fans of the band might run into the same situation as I did.

"Four by four" could have been harder and more aggressive. An album that covers only nine songs and a running time from less than fourty minutes can't handle weaker tunes. Therefore it's too short. But songs like "Th1rt3en or noting" are more a rocksongs with the handbreak still put on.

So, first of all: the Backyard Babies are back. The guys became mature and release with "Four by four" an album that has some highlights but also some disappointments. In the end it is up to each of you to decide if a handful of good songs is worth the investment.





  1. Th1rt3en or nothing
  2. I'm on my way to save your rock'n'roll
  3. White district light
  4. Bloody tears
  5. Piracy
  6. Never finish anything
  7. Mirrors (shall be broken)
  8. Wasted years
  9. Walls


Label: Gain Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review BACKYARD BABIES "Four by four"

CD review NICKE BORG HOMELAND "Ruins of a riot"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Nicke Borg, Nicke Borg Homeland, Backyard Babies, Rock, Hardrock, CD Review, News, Dregen

(6/10) This album is different from what I expected. If I look on the heritage of the Backyard Babies I have to think about dirty rock'n'roll with a certain unconventional punk attitude. This spirit was also continued on Dregen's solo album and I have expected something similar when it comes to Nicke Borg. Esp. since the first solo-releases from Borg have shown some good results.

But sometimes things are different than what you think. Nicke Borg Homeland's "Ruins of a riot", the fourth album under this header, is going much more into a mainstream direction than what I have expected.

Already the opener "This war" states it very clearly; the melodies are in focus. The tune still rocks, but it also has a sweet taste - partly a bitter-sweet taste. It's more a catchy party tune than the soundtrack for an evening with a beer in a bar.

The next two songs confirm the first impression. Both tracks sound like a rock version of Roxette songs. It's a quality statement when it comes to the hook, but different from what I expect.

Than it gets with "End of the rainbow" acoustic. The tune is a soulful one and I ask myself why I have to think about Poison.

Even the "Heartless hooligan" comes very harmonically. The title and the sound don’t really feel together.

However, if you expect a rock'n'roll party from this album you should forget it. In case you are looking for melodic rock music you should 'risk an ear' and listen to the ten songs. I’m more belonging to the first group.





  1. This war
  2. Makin out with chaos
  3. Midsummer mad
  4. End of the rainbow
  5. Borrowed feathers
  6. Out of line
  7. Revolution
  8. Heartless hooligan
  9. Ruins of a riot
  10. Devil angel mother


Label: Gain

Gerne: Melodic Hardrock


CD review NICKE BORG HOMELAND "Ruins of a riot"

New album from NICKE BORG HOMELAND is on its way

Veröffentlicht am 22. August 2014 von Markus W. in Nicke Borg Homeland, Backyard Babies, News, Hardrock, Rock

The Backyard Babies are a well-known act in the rock scene. Frontman of the legendary rock band was/is Nicke Borg. Borg will release a solo album from his band Nicke Borg Homeland. The record got the name "Ruins of a riot" and will be released on October 3. Seems to become a good one.

New album from NICKE BORG HOMELAND is on its way