Review by R. Scott Bolton
"In my review of the band's earlier demo, I said:
"A full-length CD from these guys would be something to behold." Now, finally,
"This World," the full-length CD by Fools Paradise is here and
I am pleased to report that is indeed something to behold.
"This World" starts out with a track that
sounds a lot like Uriah Heap. It's got that classic, vintage rock sound that you used to
hear on the radio all the time but can't find now no matter how hard you try. Track 2
sounds like vintage Deep Purple. Do you see the theme here yet? This is an album for
anybody who likes the classic hard rock era, but "This World" still has enough
of a fresh edge -- with its high production values, quality songwriting, etc. -- that it
sounds new and just great.
Vocalist Nick Neilson still sounds a lot like Meat Loaf at times, which
of course, is a good thing; Meat Loaf is one of the best vocalists in rock history. This
is no more apparent than on track 6, "World's Burning." The solos on the CD are
fiery and dynamic in the vein of Ted Nugent's style. And the songs are irresistible,
hooking you from the beginning and getting those hooks in deeper with each and every
"This World" is one of my favorite albums of last year ...
and this year, as well. It's fast, fun and a total blast to listen to."