Play 90 second soundbite of 'Ballpark' @ 'CD quality'
Being super-critical I'd have to say that there's nothing really new goin' down here; just loads of good ol' rockin' chunes done to an absolute turn. What 'Ze Suicide' lacks in originality it more than makes up for in energy and precision. Powerful and full on maybe but, this is not a work that will take the world by storm. In saying that, 'Ze Suicide' will still satisfy the insatiable appetite of many a rocker - of any age. Superbly assembled 'Ze Suicide' is undoubtedly packed with quality in all aspects; there's plenty of well written songs, loads of chunky riffs, great musicianship and clever arrangements. Can't fault the guy anywhere as far as performance and commitment's concerned. This is one of those albums that works very well on most fronts but I can easily see that Stevie Ze Suicide, great musician that he is, would excel in the live more than on disc; the energy here speaks for itself. That energy must be breathtakingly awesome on stage and givin' it some.
There's eleven quality songs here, all work just fine, all rock, all roll. However, they all sound just a bit staid by today's standards - nothing actually stands out and grabs me by the balls. Now that's not to say that there's no a market place for this album - of course there is - a big one. But, for me 'Ze Suicide' just lacks real clout in originality.
'Ze Suicide' does grow, it is a worker, it is a grinder. Professionalism cries out in each and every song. Trouble is, I feel like I've heard it all before!!