Album Reviews of the 80s

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Europe, "The Final Countdown" / 1986 Review by: Ronald Mears
Well, what could I possibly tell you about this album that hasn't already been said, except that IT ROCKED! Some people say that albums tend to just have one halfway-decent song on it. Well, the members of Europe (Joey Tempest, John Norum, John Leven, Mic Michaeli, and Ian Haugland) made absolutely sure that wouldn't be the case here. I was actually quite impressed with how nice that the songs 'Carrie', 'Time Has Come', and 'Love Chaser' sounded coming from a Swedish band. I felt the energies of the songs 'Ninja', 'Danger On The Track', 'Heart Of Stone', 'Cherokee', and 'Rock The Night'. And I felt the juice that 'On the Loose' provided; actually one of Europe's faster songs. But the song that is clearly the power of the album is the title track, 'The Final Countdown'. It depicted the mood that the world was in during the throes of the Cold War, and what we constantly feared in the 1980's. Now, mind you, I was only 5 years old at the time, but I was very aware of what was happening at that time, mostly because I watched a lot of newscasts at the time. 'TFC' was THE single most generation defining cut that the 80s ever produced, and it definitely was an EXTREMELY powerful song that still gets me excited today. Well, there's my take on that album. I'm out of here. See ya!

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