Sabu – Sabu [1996]

SABU_STCountry USA          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 83/100

Band Members Angel Schleifer – Guitars, Derek Smith – Drums, Jörg Deisinger – Bass, Paul Sabu – Vocals, Teri Tims – Backing vocals

Tracks 01. Mad Dog (4:26), 02. Kiss My Boomerang (4:18), 03. End Of An Era (3:57), 04. Streetwise And Lethal (4:08), 05. Run Into My Nightmare (4:51), 06. Cherie (3:55), 07. Hold On (4:06), 08. Cry Of A Thousand Hearts (4:25), 09. U.S. Of A. (3:31), 10. Can’t Face The World Without You (4:53)

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Profile “Sabu” is the 8th studio album of AOR-Hard rock singer/producer Paul Sabu as a recording artist, originally released in 1996. Amongst fans, Sabu is mainly known for keeping the AOR/Hard Rock sound alive throughout the 90s, at which time his recording presence became even more consistent.

This album in comparison to the preceding “In Dreams” (1995), leans more towards 80’s hard rock/glam metal rather than AOR, hence it is probably the heaviest `Sabu’ album released during the 90’s. Although I have already expressed the following while reviewing some of Sabu’s other albums, I have to repeat myself in claiming that the recording/songwriting duo of lead singer Paul Sabu and lead guitarist Angel Schleifer is totally equivalent to that of David Coverdale and John Sykes; Paul has a very (mid/bass range) soulful voice, similar to that of Coverdale while Angel proves himself just as much a guitar hero as Sykes. The similarities also influence the songwriting which very much sounds like 1987-era `Whitesnake’ (even the cover artwork seems strikingly familiar…)

As with the rest of his back catalogue, this self titled album definitely stands the test of time in both songwriting and production, being mainly the emotionally charged performances that make `Sabu’ a standout. `Sabu’ is indeed a proud example of melodic hard rock in the mid 90s which holds its own today as much as it did back in 1996.

Favorite tracks include the frenetic power hard rocker “Mad dog” the balladic “End of an era”, the bluesy and emotional “Cherie” and the mega protest “Cry of a thousand hearts”. If you enjoy late 80s `Whitesanke’ and `Winger’ this is an absolutely essential addition to your collection.

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