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HOUSE OF SHAKIRA Live at Firefest 2005
Lion Music (2006)
The mullet is alive and well and living in the House of Shakira...

A double first with this DVD as it marks the debut DVD release by Lion Music and the first DVD by the band. Recorded at last year's UK Firefest it sees the band cover their whole career in an eleven song set chock full of delights!

Although officially a five piece they have their 'secret' sixth band member in vocalist and lyricist Mikael Eriksson, who ably backs lead vocalist Andreas Eklund.

Can the band recreate their trademark layered harmonies in a live setting? Indeed they can, as can be heard on 'Method of Madness' and 'Hey Lord' - two bona fide melodic rock classics. Super, tightly played set with some cracking lead guitar solos in the mix.

Bonus DVD features are a brief biography of the band and interviews with the band plus four videos from the band's early incarnation as the Station.

These videos should carry a hairspray warning not only for the band's flowing locks but the audience who have some cracking mullets on show! Music wise you can see the band's love of harmonies and 'Cinderella' is the pick of the bunch. An interesting look at the band's formative days.

If you like the band buy this DVD as it is superb and for lovers of melodic rock who have yet to try this band try here as you get a good cross section of their songs.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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