2. Middle Of The Night
3. Rock & A Hard Place
4. Get Up!
5. One More Time
6. The Executive
The Craze is back! After an impressive debut album (well and a not so widely spread EP before that), they now bring you their sophomore album. The Craze carries on in the same fashion. Great rock & roll songs with hints of classic rock, new wave & powerpop. The refreshing, yet recognizable sound is still there and the formation, though it has gone through slight changes (new bassist) is tighter than ever. You can hear they have fun playing the songs and the energy and enthusiasm jumps right in your face. It’s infectious, just like this great EP. The only downside is that it’s so short. But with this kind of quality, we’ll be hearing a lot more from these guys!
The album starts off with the catchy and rhythmic Shakin’ which will get you up on your feet, no question. With great enthusiasm and energy The Craze is starting off this party with a blast.
Middle of the Night
Middle of the Night is an obvious radio single candidate. With great riffs and a very catchy rhythm that you can dance to, clap along to, sing along with, etc. etc. and easy-to-remember lyrics this song will easily get stuck in your head for days to come. It has the typical The Craze sound and effect. I think it hardly matters what they play/sing, The Craze music is music that makes you feel good, feel happy.
Rock & A Hard Place
Then we come to a very creative, alternative song. It’s somewhere in the middle of so many things I can think of that it basically stands on it’s own. It’s one of those songs that if you strip it down and listen to every segment seperately you can really hear how good it is. Everything works together perfectly and The Craze really shows they are ready for ‘the big leagues’ with Rock & A Hard Place.
The title track of the EP. It’s a somewhat slower alternative rocker with that typical catchy The Craze-ness. That what we can’t get enough of. In these times of bands that all sound the same, it’s good to have this band that is not afraid to do something different. And they do it well. Get Up! would be interesting to hear stripped down completely, in an acoustic, unplugged version. It will probably sound completely different, but I, for one, would be really interested in hearing the contrast.
One More Time
I think I heard a previous carnation of this song before, or else I heard another song by The Craze that sounds quite similar. If it’s the song I’m thinking of, they changed it, and they absolutely made it better. It sounds much clearer than in my memory and much more catchy. The rhythm instruments and vocals have an important interaction on this track and once again The Craze shows that they aren’t only rhythmically very balanced but that melodically they are also very talented.
The Executive is an updated version from a song that appeared on The Executive EP. I haven’t listened to the old version in a really long time, but what I do know is that if you hear this version, there’s no real need to listen to the old version. The Get Up! EP version tops it by miles and miles. And in my opinion, together with Shakin’ and Middle of the Night this is the 3rd radio single candidate. The old version was the song that got me into The Craze, the new version is an absolute confirmation that this is one of the best musical discoveries I have ever done!
The Craze impressed many with their debut full-length “Introducing.. The Craze”. I had the privilege of seeing them perform and believe me when I say that an experience like that makes this band even better. I listen to a lot of lesser known bands, but I am convinced that The Craze should definitely be taking the road out of the unknown into the well-known. They have the quality and the energy, they have the professionalism, and they have the will. All they need is a bit of luck and your support, and if you ask me, there’s no question about it that they deserve it. This band is a promise and something, once discovered, that we must cherish.