Reviews roundup – Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock vs. Anastacia vs. Jack Pack

MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK Communion / Saviour MachineMICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK
Communion / Saviour Machine
inakustik

The return of Michael Schenker to the top rank of rawk has been one of the musical treats over the last few years.  And now with a UK tour lined up, here’s a single to whet your appetite.

Taken from the splendid “Spirit On A Mission” album, the lead track is a funky little rocker, which gives plenty of room to his erstwhile Scorpions buddies Rarebell and Buchholz to do their thang.  Doogie White is, as always, in rare voice and it’s couple with ‘Saviour Machine’, which highlights their metal edge.

With a new live DVD about to be filmed, a UK tour with Judas Priest this month and their own headline tour at the beginning of 2016, this is a good time to be a Schenker fan.

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ANASTACIA Ultimate CollectionANASTACIA
Ultimate Collection
Sony

Hurrah!  Anastacia is back on a major label, after languishing in the minors for the last couple of albums.  And as behoves such a move, it’s time for a greatest hits set.  Now, I’ve nothing against that and am happy to have her last one in my collection.

Because of that earlier release, which shares 14 songs with this one (but still no ‘Boom!’), it’s boosted by a couple of new songs to drag you in, and with ‘Army Of Me’ having a Christina Aguilera co-writing credit and ‘Take This Chance’ having the same from David Guetta, someone is putting their money where their mouth is.  Of course picking a song from the botched “Lotus” album by Christina isn’t the best idea but the latter Guetta is a better tune and might get some airplay.

Of course, two songs for a tenner is a hard sell, so they will have put a lot of thought into the presentation.  Well, yes, if you think a four page booklet with the tracklisting spread across two pages is a good thing.  And with a very bad picture of Anastacia on the front.

It’s a shame because she is one of the best singers of the last twenty years, but this is lacklustre after 2005’s “Pieces of a Dream”.

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JACK PACKJACK PACK
Jack Pack
Syco

Apparently, this lot were on Britain’s Got Talent last year.  They didn’t win (with a stunt dog grabbing top spot) , but Simon Cowell obviously thought that the legions of Ill Divo and Collabro fans really needed a faux Rat Pack combo to keep them going.

They’ve already had their scandal, which is why there is a new member on the album, but unless the axed fella was the best singer ever, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference, as this is working mens club fare.  Now that’s no slur on working mens clubs, but there is a world of difference between a rerr turn on a Saturday night (apres bingo) and headlining arenas.

I don’t think I’ve heard a worse version of ‘Light My Fire’, which is utterly charmless and they fare little better once they had back to the standards.  The one track that passes muster is ‘Lazy River’, but that aside, I’m sure it won’t be long before they return to the Michael Buble tribute circuit.

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