"The World as We Love It" (Armoury; 2011)

Reviewed by Snidermann

The more I learn about rock'n'roll, the more I find out that I really donít know anything about it at all.

Take the band Pushking, for example. When I picked up "The World As We Love It," I had never heard of the band. However, that was about to change and in a big way.

As I listened to this album in my iPod, I thought I recognized the singer, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. I thought no way. Well, a few cuts later I recognized Alice Cooper (and, being the #1 Alice Cooper fan in the world, I know when I recognize his voice in a crowd) then I knew that a mystery was afoot.

Grabbing the bio given to me by our editor and doing some quick research on the web about this band, I found out they are one of the most popular acts in Russia, with something like twenty releases under their belt since 1994.

But their music has always been in their native language ... until now. The band has taken some of the best songs from their storied history, translated them into English, and joined up with some of the biggest legends in the hard rock community. The result? A kick-ass classic rock record that plays like one of those great compilation CDs you never expect to find but are so thrilled when you do.

"The World As We Love It" is recommended listening for any fan of classic rock and/or any fan of the artists listed below ... all of whom perform on the CD:

Alice Cooper; Paul Stanley (KISS); Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top); Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, ex-Deep Purple); John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep); Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple); Dan McCafferty (Nazareth); Jeff Scott Soto; Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow, ex-Alcatrazz); Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Udo Dirkschneider (UDO, ex-Accept); Jorn Lande (Masterplan); Steve Lukather (Toto); Steve Vai; Steve Stevens; Joe Bonamassa; Stevie Salas; Eric Ragno; Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper); Matt Filippini; Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme); Al Perkins; Alex de Rosso (ex-Dokken); Tony Morra; and Paoletta.

'Nuff said.

For more information, check out http://www.pushking.eu.

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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