A name like Shades & Peters often refers to a collaboration between two musicians.  For example Allen & Lande, Bowes & Morley, Nolan & Wakeman, Dave Evans & Nitzinger, Jim Peterik & Toby Hitchcock just to give a few examples. Well, concerning Shades & Peters, we can confirm that this also applies to them. First there is René Shades who will be best known as the bass player of Danish cult band Pretty Maids, but he also teamed up with musical partner Mike Tramp (ex-White Lion) for several years. Secondly we have Martie Peters who has been the vocalist of Danish Hard Rock band Push, who disbanded around 2003. Perhaps some might know him from MPG, the Martie Peters Group, who released a few records as well.

Being friends since childhood, finally results in an album that they introduce as ‘the probably most honest record we could make at this time in our lives’. The duo gathered an interesting list of names to fulfill their task and we can’t deny these persons: Mickey Curry and Keith Scott from Bryan Adam’s band, Tony Brock, Jimmy Z and Jim Cregan from Rod Stewart and Paul Robinson who played with Nina Simone and Van Morrison in the past. Is an exquisite group of musicians a guarantee for success? I guess not, as the performers also need worldly arrangements and egregious song structures…

The album with the appropriate title starts with the first single release ‘Comin’ Around’ and from the very first seconds you will be able to put a stamp on this release. This is typical American Oriented Rock with a lot of potential airplay on college radio stations. Martie Peters has a few similarities with Mike Tramp and his fragile throat might be described as a softer version of Bon Jovi with a lesser sing along choruses but worthy to become a supporting act of Bon and Richie.

When the track ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ opens, I don’t know why, but ABBA popped up in my head.  Not that this song is so comparable with the Swedish hit monster, but probably the arrangement had a lot in common. The song is again pretty fragile and contains no balls at all. ‘The Flame’ is a slow track with a hit potential approach. Some piano, sensitive vocals and a duet with female vocals of Lena Finn. All in all, we must conclude that this release is a radio friendly rock release that will appeal to fans of Tom Petty, Bryan Adams, Cheap Trick and White Lion fans. My personal favorite track is ‘The Balcony’, which takes about 7 minutes and has a wonderful approach with saxophone in the beginning. I just love this instrument, and surprisingly it fits to rock in general. ‘Let The Record Spin’ continues on a safe path with a little rock’n roll attitude, but won’t be able to cause a landslide.

My rating: 76 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish