CD REVIEW Hess

Band : Hess
Album title : Living In Yesterday
Label : Frontiers Records
Distributor : Rough Trade Benelux – Tone Entertainment
Release date : 24/08/2012
Release : CD

Those were the days my friends, when Harem Scarem was active. Although my first ‘meeting’ with the band was when I bought a copy of their 1993 album Mood Swings, an album that after all these years still frequently finds its way to my CD player. Sadly enough, although they released more albums after Mood Swings, none of them could reach the heights of that album, even if there were a couple of other killer songs on them. When Harem Scarem threw in the towel in 2008, I was very sad. So it was with great expectancy that I shoved this new album in my cd-player, especially when I read that for this album Harry Hess worked with his former band mates Pete Lesperance, Creighton Doane, Darren Smith, along with some other famous musicians like Marcie Free.

And were my hopes fulfilled? Yes and no. It’s a good album, with the unmistakable voice of Harry showing that he’s still in good form. The instrumental side of the album is also of top notch quality.
The songs themselves could have been written and performed by Harem Scarem, but since the musicians that are featured on this album were members of Harem Scarem that might not wonder.
But, this album also does not deliver the same quality as Mood Swings. It’s good, but is doesn’t have the same effect on me.  Yet I will be listening to this album again in the future, just like I regularly play the other albums on which Mr. Hess handles the vocals.

Everybody who liked Harem Scarem can blindly buy this album.

97/100

Erik Morren.