Innuendo is a melodic, classic hard pop/rock band from Arizona that was established in 1994. The band has been prolific since then releasing a whopping eight albums. Their latest entitled ei8ht is a certified rock album.
The band unequivocally has a more old school rock flavor that was at its peak in the ’80s and early ’90s. I could picture some of these songs being utilized in a classic film like one of the Rocky movies or something similar.
Their sound is also driving and the songs are the kind that demand your attention and usually sound best loud. I think a lot of the songs sounded like anthems. Your adrenaline should get pumping with the first song “Back Home” which starts with a heavy beat, distorted guitars and a pulsating bass. It reminds me of the type of energy you would hear on a Van Halen album.
“Elvis” is a great song in concept and execution. The song is about Elvis and there are even these sections where the instruments play something similar to what the The King would play. It comes off quite seamlessly.
“Hard to Remember” is driving hard rock not unlike a band like ZZ Top while “Unglued” is a ballad and the first time we hear some melancholy and nostalgia in the music. The mood and energy become kinetic with “Dreaming On” which is a single worthy song with a memorable hook.
As the album progresses I appreciated all the songs but there were some highlights including “Coffee & Cigarettes,” the lush and midnight infused “Glimme” and “Those Days Are Gone.”
There are plenty of pros and cons about how music is consumed these days. I think one of the more positive aspects is that you can find any style and genre with relative ease. I’m not saying this won’t appeal to all age groups but it’s actually scientifically proven that the music you consume when you are younger (teenage years) gets imprinted in your brain in a different way. I was a teenager when this music was at its peak and on the radio or on MTV and all this nostalgia started to fire when I heard ei8ht. I’m glad Innuendo is keeping that spirit alive and new.
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