Showing posts with label Sweet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweet. Show all posts

4/21/2021

Rock Review: Sweet-Isolation Boulevard

Release Date: December 18, 2020
Label:
2020 Andy Scott exclusive / Aviator Entertainment
Website 

If you venture through the ‘80s there’s no telling the endless possibilities of pop, rock, and other music stylings that will take hold of your ear and have you looking like Tom Cruise in Risky Business. The Sweet (then morphed into Sweet)  burst onto the scene from London, England in 1968 but, officially became a recognizable and formidable contender in the music world in 1974 with the release of Desolation Boulevard. Much of that initial record has now been revived into a newly mastered album closely aligned in the title as Isolation Boulevard. It’s the band’s walk down memory lane, combined with their introduction to new, upcoming, rock connoisseurs.

Starting off Isolation Boulevard is the band’s first and most notable hit “Fox On the Run.” The song’s catchy chorus gives the listener a burst of excitement as they chant back at or with the band, especially when performing live. This is the type of song that sticks in your brain for days once you’ve heard it for the first time. “Still Got the Rock” follows as a new song to add to the band’s repertoire. The Sweet is back with vengeance to proclaim they still got the power and the rock that they garnered over the course of their near 50-year career. Meanwhile, “Action” sounds like a track you’d hear during a climax/post-climax or event-type of a scene in a movie or cartoon (i.e. – the chase scenes between the “monster” and the Mystery Inc. gang on Scooby-Doo). Nevertheless, it remains a cool bridge track.

Continuing with “Love Is Like Oxygen,” the song gives off an anthem-like theme, it isn’t too overpowered, and it gives off a more mellow vibe while keeping the listener with build-up and dips of excitement through the song. “Hellraiser” ignites a fire once again as the song clearly hints. With synthesizer effects, thrashing guitar strings, and somewhat storytelling tonality to the song; the song is like the last anticipated second before the fuse lights the dynamite followed by its explosion.

“The Six Teens” is a lyrical mind-game, yet it’s interesting tale of young love gone wrong has a certain appeal to it as well. “Blockbuster” is a secret-to-revelation, mystery track. Much like “Action,” it gives off a film scene imagery. “Set Me Free” is a wild and dark, tongue-in-cheek song that is an enticing song of how loathsome a pairing can become. Yet, all the while, the emotions are high and aggressive as can be almost as if it’s love-to-hate gameplay.

The song “Teenage Rampage” track is a rebellion song if ever there was one to be written. “Come and join the revolution. Get yourself a constitution. And join the revolution now. And recognize your age, it’s a teenage rampage.” This is all about how a clash of the ages and ‘the way it’s been’ vs. ‘change’ is perceived and played out. It also shows that history does, in fact, repeat itself. “Turn It Down” slides in with a jam session that will just keep cranking it up instead as the band moves through the song. The last two tracks offer nothing but pure excitement. “New York Groove” may attract some of the younger viewership with a familiar part of the track being off of Alicia Key’s “Empire State of Mind Pt. 2.” And lastly, if you’ve never lent your ears to “Ballroom Blitz,” then you just don’t know rock and roll. “Ballroom Blitz” is one of those songs that will forever go down in rock history as a frenzy-driven song that is just pure adrenaline.

Sweet remaster all of these hits to capture their best moments once again. The band, while having their share of rotations through the years in members and labels, along with epically tragic events like losing key members like Brian Connolly, Mick Tucker, and Steve Priest; seem to still rise above and come out on top. Though they may feel like they are in a sort of isolation with such loss. The big gain Isolation Boulevard pulls off for them is that of memories, thrill, and a sort of rebirth of the band.

Gregg Keniston - MuzikMan.net Staff
April 14, 2021


Track Listing:

01. Fox on the Run
02. Still Got the Rock
03. Action
04. Love is Like Oxygen
05. Hellraiser
06. The Six Teens
07. Blockbuster
08. Set Me Free
09. Teenage Rampage
10. Turn It Down
11. New York Groove
12. Ballroom Blitz


3/22/2021

British Rock Legends Sweet Release New Album “Isolation Boulevard”

Sweet are a British Rock Band with a pedigree of Hits! “Fox on The Run,” “Ballroom Blitz,” “Action,” “Love is Like Oxygen” and many more. The 1975 album “Desolation Boulevard” has truly stood the test of time keeping the band as relevant today as it was back then.

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Sweet has released a new album “Isolation Boulevard” which is a reworking of many of the original tracks including the latest single “Set Me Free,” written by original guitarist and producer Andy Scott. He has led the band since 1985 maintaining the high standards set more than 50 years ago when Sweet first burst onto the music scene.

“Isolation Boulevard” was recorded between lockdowns in September/October 2020. The new album harks back to Sweet’s golden era and the 1975 album “Desolation Boulevard.” The latest single and video “Set Me Free” is taken from “Isolation Boulevard” and though it is one of the bands most covered songs, this is the first time Sweet has released it as a single. Andy Scott, the songwriter and last man standing from the original band has produced a remarkable album given the circumstances that we face globally.

There is a rumor circulating of a British Rock Invasion featuring Sweet and a couple of other 70’s Rock bands to tour North America very soon!

2021 - Sweet are back with a new album ‘Isolation Boulevard’ featuring the single ‘Set Me Free’ and a dynamic stage show celebrating 50 years of hits!” – Andy Scott

Watch Sweet’s “Set Me Free” (Radio Edit) Official Video: 

Isolation Boulevard” Tracklist:
Fox on the Run
Still Got the Rock
Action
Love Is Like Oxygen
Hellraiser
The Six Teens
Blockbuster
Set Me Free
Teenage Rampage
Turn It Down
New York Groove
Ballroom Blitz

To purchase:
“Set Me Free” Single: https://backl.ink/144488190
“Isolation Boulevard” Streaming: https://backl.ink/143556570
“Isolation Boulevard” Digital: https://www.amazon.com/Isolation-Boulevard-Sweet/dp/B08P1KWS26/ref=sr_1_1
“Isolation Boulevard” CD: https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store/Sweet-Isolation-Boulevard-CD-Mini-LP-p311984603
“Isolation Boulevard” 12” Coke Bottle Vinyl: https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store/Sweet-c28915503

For more information:
www.thesweet.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetOfficial

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Prudential Music Group
20600 Eureka Rd
Suite 900
Taylor, Mi 48180
Cell 248-707-0778
https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com
Prudential Music Group is headed up by young drummer Jason Hartless (Ted Nugent, Sponge, Joe Lynn Turner)

British Rock Legends Sweet Release New Album “Isolation Boulevard”

Sweet are a British Rock Band with a pedigree of Hits! “Fox on The Run,” “Ballroom Blitz,” “Action,” “Love is Like Oxygen” and many more. The 1975 album “Desolation Boulevard” has truly stood the test of time keeping the band as relevant today as it was back then.

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Sweet has released a new album “Isolation Boulevard” which is a reworking of many of the original tracks including the latest single “Set Me Free,” written by original guitarist and producer Andy Scott. He has led the band since 1985 maintaining the high standards set more than 50 years ago when Sweet first burst onto the music scene.

“Isolation Boulevard” was recorded between lockdowns in September/October 2020. The new album harks back to Sweet’s golden era and the 1975 album “Desolation Boulevard.” The latest single and video “Set Me Free” is taken from “Isolation Boulevard” and though it is one of the bands most covered songs, this is the first time Sweet has released it as a single. Andy Scott, the songwriter and last man standing from the original band has produced a remarkable album given the circumstances that we face globally.

There is a rumor circulating of a British Rock Invasion featuring Sweet and a couple of other 70’s Rock bands to tour North America very soon!

2021 - Sweet are back with a new album ‘Isolation Boulevard’ featuring the single ‘Set Me Free’ and a dynamic stage show celebrating 50 years of hits!” – Andy Scott

Watch Sweet’s “Set Me Free” (Radio Edit) Official Video: 

Isolation Boulevard” Tracklist:
Fox on the Run
Still Got the Rock
Action
Love Is Like Oxygen
Hellraiser
The Six Teens
Blockbuster
Set Me Free
Teenage Rampage
Turn It Down
New York Groove
Ballroom Blitz

To purchase:
“Set Me Free” Single: https://backl.ink/144488190
“Isolation Boulevard” Streaming: https://backl.ink/143556570
“Isolation Boulevard” Digital: https://www.amazon.com/Isolation-Boulevard-Sweet/dp/B08P1KWS26/ref=sr_1_1
“Isolation Boulevard” CD: https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store/Sweet-Isolation-Boulevard-CD-Mini-LP-p311984603
“Isolation Boulevard” 12” Coke Bottle Vinyl: https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com/store/Sweet-c28915503

For more information:
www.thesweet.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSweetOfficial

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, Billy James, PH: 1-828-350-8158 (US), glassonyonpr@gmail.com

Prudential Music Group
20600 Eureka Rd
Suite 900
Taylor, Mi 48180
Cell 248-707-0778
https://www.prudentialmusicgroup.com
Prudential Music Group is headed up by young drummer Jason Hartless (Ted Nugent, Sponge, Joe Lynn Turner)

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