"IV" (MTM / SPV; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Jaded's Heart's "IV" is a fine example of the best of the melodic rock genre. Most of the songs hereon are of medium (melodic rock) tempo and feature solid, chord-heavy guitar, epic vocals and crisp, clear production.

The best songs on this CD are probably "Take My Soul," with its crunchy, driving riff and the very Bon Jovi-ish "When You Hear the Thunder" but there isn't a bad song on the CD and other highlights include the sly "Ain't a Perfect World," the peppy "But I Like It" and covers of Rainbow's "Stone Cold" (petty straight-forward) and Phil Collins' "Easy Lover" (given a little oomph). Even the token ballads ("Way Back Home," "With Your Eyes" and "She's a Woman") aren't bad, refusing to delve too deeply into the "sap" department that destroys so many of them.

Jaded Heart's "IV" is brilliantly produced by Axe's Bobby Barth. 

Jaded Heart: Michael Bormann - lead & backing vocals; Michael Muller - bass; Axel Kruse - drums; Chris Ivo - keyboards; Baris Kepic - guitars.

For more information, check out http://www.jadedheart.de

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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