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Album Review

Following two short-lived live reunions in 2004 and 2006, Extreme reconvened for real in 2007, which inevitably led to the release of Saudades de Rock. Core members Gary Cherone (vocals), Pat Badger (bass), and Nuno Bettencourt (guitar) are joined by former DramaGods/Satellite Party drummer Kevin Figueiredo (who built a grooving kinship with Bettencourt in both aforementioned bands). In many ways, Saudades picks up right where 1995's Waiting for the Punchline left off. Like the previous album, the new material boasts a raw, live-in-the-studio vibe. Fans familiar with Extreme's instrumental muscle and genre-jumping style can expect plenty of diversity here, from the requisite funk metal ("Run," "Comfortable Dumb") to countrified rock ("Take Us Alive"), to more gentle, piano-driven ballads ("Ghost," "Peace").

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Finally made available in Canada!

All too often in this musical climate, the best music is the stuff that so many people never hear about or get a chance to listen to. Extreme's latest album has been flying under the radar for the past 6 months that it has been out. "Saudaudes" (pronounced sow-dodge), is a Portuguese word for homesickness, and relays a sense of yearning or nostalgia. For those who miss real rock music, you need to check this album out for yourself. Nuno Bettencourt (the most gifted and underrated musician on the planet as well as the greatest guitarist ever) and Gary Cherone were meant to play together. It is hard to believe that this band was aprt for 13 years and put together such a gem of a record. If you are looking for "fast food" music that you will be sick of in few months, look elsewhere. If you want music that will grow on you like a disease and stay with you forever, start downloading. The beauty of Extreme's music is that that there has always been "something for everyone". My personal favourites include: "Run", "Learn to Love", "King of the Ladies", "Comfortably Dumb", "Take Us Alive", the spine tingling and emotional "Last Hour", and the remake of Nuno's former band DramaGods' "Interface". If there were any justice, this band would get the recognition and credit they so richly deserve. Thank you Extreme, for satisfying that yearning for music that is made with genuine passion and for the true love of it. Bravo! I hope that iTunes will give this some sort of advertising on the rock or main page to let people know this is out there.

Finally! Canada, welcome to the party.

Extreme remains the most ridiculously talented - and chronically misunderstood - band of my generation. There are many musicians who can really play (or sing) but have little ear for song writing. Then there are others who are masters of melody, but have little to offer in terms of ability. Extreme is all of that and way, way more. True fans were heartbroken when Nuno left the group in 1996. Thank goodness the band's key members - Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone - both remained very active, recording and releasing a variety of new music since then. Much of it was very, very good. None of it, in my opinion, approached the brilliance of Extreme. As N4 Player noted in another review, Extreme's music grows on you and stays with you. And while that's true, it frustrates me that they've had a hard time receiving the attention they deserve when they're so obviously adept at writing catchy, powerful songs of all styles. In fact, some Extreme fans initially disliked the first single off this CD, "Star", because it was TOO immediately catchy! Extreme is the best rock and roll band out there today. Period. And, in my opinion, it's not even close. Do yourself a favour and download this disc. If you can get through "Comfortably Dumb," "Learn to Love," and "Run" without your fist and the air and your heart pumping, I feel sorry for you. Welcome back Extreme, and thank you. Don't ever, ever, ever leave us for 13 years again!

How did I miss this

I hate it when a great band like Extreme re-unites and does not get any press. They have not released a bad album yet...and this one does not disappoint. While Gary's voice is not as strong as it has been in his earlier years and sounds strained in some songs it adds to the whole reunion and makes me sad for the thirteen years missed without an Extreme album. Nuno is still the guitar god and is back playing with a vengeance. I hope this is not the last, and I hope their next album is promoted better.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Extreme's music was never easy to classify, since it rarely confined itself to heavy metal, hard rock, or pop. The Massachusetts-based band formed in 1985; guitarist Nuno Bettencourt had already played in a local band with bassist Pat Badger, while singer Gary Cherone fronted his own group with drummer Paul Geary. The two bands eventually merged, and Cherone and Bettencourt...
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