Tesla’s first offering in nearly five years is Cali rock at its finest. Twelve tracks of rock, ballads and a few curve balls that make it one fine album. Produced by Phil Collen of Def Leppard it has a similar sound on some tracks but it is most definitely a Tesla album with Jeff Keith’s trade mark gravelly vocals and some classy guitar riffs and solos.
‘You Won’t Take Me Alive’ is great track to get proceedings underway, a nice rocky number with a catchy hook that gets stuck right in your brain and stays there. One of the best things about this album is that although the songs are all different they each find a way to worm into your brain and you will be humming the tunes to yourself all day long. ‘Taste Like’ has a similar effect although lyrically it may not be the best and even a little cringy, you cannot doubt the fact it is masterfully put together and will hook you with its infectious beat. ‘We Can Rule The World’ slows things down with a classic rock type ballad, that does exactly what you would expect.
Title track ‘Shock’ has a stuttering start which takes a little away from what is a brilliant track, full of power and energy, a real anthem for the album. ‘California Summer Song’ is a funky laid back number that will have you dreaming of long summer days. ‘Forever Loving You’ is ballad that gives you a little taste of the 60’s and 70’s style and even a little Beatles flavour for good measure. ‘The Mission’ kicks things up another notch with a gritty rock track for the ages with a savage solo thrown in. If the previous track kicked it up then ‘Tied To The Tracks’ grabs things by the scruff of the neck and absolutely smashes it out of the park, a ballsy rock track that will have you stomping you feet and banging your head it just encapsulates what this album is all about. ‘Afterlife’ and ‘I Want Everything’, in particular, keep things trucking along and rock you into the final track ‘Comfort Zone’ which is something these guys know how to get in and stay there, bang out tune after tune on what has to be one of their best albums to date.
Shock is out everywhere 8th March
TESLA: SHOCK [CD; Vinyl LP; Digital]
- You Won’t Take Me Alive
- Taste Like
- We Can Rule The World
- Love Is A Fire
- California Summer Song
- Forever Loving You
- The Mission
- Tied To The Tracks
- I Want Everything
- Comfort Zone
Jeff Keith Vocals
Frank Hannon Guitar, backing vocals, keyboard, piano, harmonica and mandolin
Brian Wheat Bass, backing vocals, keyboard, piano
Dave Rude Guitar, backing vocals
Troy Luccketta Drums