Tesla – Shock
When it comes to reviewing records it’s kind of difficult sometimes not comparing the new music with bands old stuff. If we take Queensryche for example it’s not fair to compare the new album “The Verdict” to “Operation:Mindcrime”, because if you do that the new album is pretty crappy. But if you listen to it with your ears open without any comparison “The Verdict” is a fresh album by Queensryche in 2019. Why am I writing this? Well, I think it’s the same with the new album from Tesla. In my little world of hard rock and heavy metal music “The Great Radio Controversy” is one of the best records ever recorded and if I compare the new album “Shock” with that album well you know…
My first listening to the new Tesla-album made me raise my eyebrows because it was very soft, it wasn’t that killer rock’n roll that Tesla is known for. I also thought that Jeff Keith sounds a little bit tired and the whole thing felt boring. No one of the twelve tracks on the album appeal to me. Now when it’s time to sum it up the album grows for every listening and tracks like “We Can Rule The World” and “The Mission” is that typical Tesla that I thought was one of the greatest bands in the late 80’s. Jeff Keith turns 61 later this year and, believe me, he has the right to sound a little bit tired at that age.
If you’re looking for a new “The Great Radio Controversy” or “Mechanical Resonance” this will be a disappointment but if you listen with your ears open it’s a good record and it has the potential to grow for every time you listen to it. Tesla is back, not with a bang but the record is good.
Label: Universal Music
Date of release: 8/3-19
Playing Time: 44,13
Stand out track: The Mission