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Evenrude – One Size Fits All [1989]

Country Norway          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members Ole Evenrude – Vocals, Ole Petter Hansen – Drums, Trond Holter  -Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Additional Musicians Tom Jensen – Keyboards, Robin Beck, Jon Fiore, Hugo, Kyf Brewer, Louis Merlino – Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Never Say Die (3:49), 02. Desperado (4:32), 03. Broken Heart (4:24), 04. 25 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (4:24), 05. Peepin’ Tom (3:09), 06. Make My Day (4:31), 07. Home Sweet Home (4:08), 08. Still In Love With You (4:59), 09. Raise Your Fist And Shout (4:22), 10. X-Ray Specs (4:33)

Profile Ole Evenrude is a well known Swedish producer in the field of hard rock/poser rock/glam metal; having produced works of `Stage dolls’, ‘Wig Wam’ `Swedish erotica’ and `Bai Bang’. This release is a 2005 reissue of Ole’s final solo album `One size fits all’ originally released in 1989. Up until that time Ole was aiming at a solo career as a lead singer/front man. Lets get this out of the way, `One size fits all’ is an impeccable hard rock/glam metal album whose production, performance and songwriting are very much valid even by today’s standards.

The musical direction borrows elements from the late 80s-early 90s works of Alice Cooper while the lyrical themes are based on the rebellious messages of early `Skid Row’; Ole’s vocal approach stands somewhere between poser vocals and AOR singing.A very pleasant addition to the line up is the contribution of lead guitarist Trond Holter (`Wig Wam’) whose performance on this is easily comparable to his current works. The line up is completed by drummer Ole Petter Hansen and key player Tom Jensen. Hence, big drums, shredding guitars, big choruses and loads of memorable melodic lines.

MTM classix has done quite a good job with this reissue; apart from the 10 track full length album they add 4 extra songs (all four are standouts and perhaps slightly more aggressive than the original album itself). Favorite track include: `Never say die’, `Raise your fist and shout’, `X-ray specs’, `Broken heart’, `Welcome to the real world’ and `Werewolf’.

For any collector of 80s hard rock/glam metal or `Wig Wam’ fan this is a piece of hair metal history that effectively stands the test of time.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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