6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smoldering
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multiple Listening
B: Deserves Another Spin
C: Once Should Suffice

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IRENE - 18 Gewildste Treffers (BMG)
With most of her songs written by
Steve Hofmeyr, one can get some idea of what to expect. But there are also songs by such well known writers as Coenie De Villiers and Mynie Groveí. I still donít know how people can merely perform othersí music and not do their own. But, after 3 albums, she must be doing something that someone likes. Afrikaans pop music as most people know it - but nothing needs to be conventional; look around, youíll be surprised.
- PB
2 / C

IRON MAIDEN - Brave New World (EMI)
Praise the Beast! Bruce is back. Yes, Mr Dickinson, the voice that defined these hard rock legends for the greater part of their career is once again lending his excellent voice to their undisputed trademark sound. And from the word go you know youíre treading familiar ground. Not in a re-hash sort of way, but more of a reminder of those cool days of yore. The tunes parade forth thickly and as catchy as always. Guitarist Janick Gers who replaced Adrian Smith a bunch of albums back didnít get the boot when Ade returned. So now you have three guitarists, Dave Murray completing the trio of axemen, backed by the ever consistent Nicko McBrain on drums (who seemed to have given his style a bit more of a modern edge). Ah, yes, and then thereís Bruce. What a voice. Produced by Kevin Shirley of
Aerosmith and Springbok Nude Girls fame, he doesnít over-ham the sound, but goes for that basic, bare knuckle approach, lending them their well known identity in stead of souping it up to compete with the new Slipknot / Incubus / Rammstein generation. Good old fashioned hard stuff.
- PB
5 / A