Joe Perry Album Review ‘Sweetzerland Manifesto’ The Rock is still alive!

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The first thing you can hear, when listening to Joe’s new album is a lifetime of experience and a deep understanding of rock and nothing else but rock. Joe Perry is one of the few guitarists, who learned how to play the guitar, in a way where the instrument seems to become a part of the artist when playing.

The Aerosmith guitarist teams up with Cheap Tricks singer Robin Zander on the song ‘Aye, Aye, Aye’. They also performed together on Joes 50ths Birthday. The songs first few seconds kind of remind on Aerosmith’s ‘Eat the Rich’, recorded back in 1993. It happened to be a long time project. They started recording ‘Aye, Aye, Aye’ in 2012. The song convinces with powerful and electrifying guitar parts. It’s straightforward with some upbeat drum sections engaged.

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On ‘ Eve of Destruction’ Joe is doing the vocals himself. The cover from 1965 has been interpreted in a new way, by taking the best out of it, adding muscular blues elements to it and so being able to make it a unique composition.

Perry told the Rolling Stone in an interview: “Nobody is as interested anymore in hearing guitar gymnastics. Sometimes a really good riff is enough to carry the day. It’s all about the song again. I learned that from my kids.” And he did add a lot of really good riffs to his album. In songs like ‘ Spanish Sushi ’ they build the core and spread a bruising sound to it. The musical parts dominate in most songs.

The Blues is well captured in ‘Harbedesher Blues’ where Perry refers to the beginning of ‘Mannish Boy’ by the one and only Muddy Waters. The song opens with the lyrics ‘Oh yeah everything, everything’s going to be alright this morning’ same words Muddy used to sing back in the 60’s.

Joe sets the tone for a hard rock album with added bluesy aspects. There are riffs, sounding like something Joe could have played around with when recording ‘Toys in the Attic” with Aerosmith.

It has been a pleasure listening to an album packed with killer riffs and lots of tension which transfers into pure joy about the rock.

Thank you for reading and feel free to tell me what you think!

S.A

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