THE CREEPSHOW - Life After Death

The Creepshow - Life After Death

11 songs
31:52 minutes
***** *
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I always considered The Creepshow from Canada as one of the most interesting bands of the punkabilly movement. Their last album They All Fall Down was really great, even though it didn’t quite achieve the same classiness as its predecessor Run For Your Life. Unfortunately the band regressed once again with their fourth album Life After Death, and is probably the band’s most disappointing album to date.

One of the band’s main problems has always been the vocal position. On the first album, Jenny Blackwood was the singer. She left the band due to a pregnancy and was replaced by her sister Sarah Blackwood, who now prefers to spend her time on her solo career as a country musician. As there was no third sister to fall back on, The Creepshow had to look for somebody new, which they found in Kendalyn Legaspi, a vocalist with Asian roots who, alas, can’t keep up with any of the two Blackwood sisters. While Sarah Blackwood charmed with a frivolous attitude, Ms Legaspi comes with a rather wasted voice that sounds slightly vulgar.

But it isn’t her fault alone that Life After Death doesn’t reach the heights of past deeds. The whole product feels somehow warmed up. Everything you get to hear here has been done by them already in the past. The opener See You In Hell as well as the single Sinners & Saints are traditional psychobilly pieces that sounds upbeat and cheeky and are accompanied by male choir vocals. This wouldn’t have been bad on an early record, but so far into their career, it sounds a little predictable. The little hymn Failing Grade is one of the album’s highlights and invites to sing along. With Last Call, the band has a track with only male vocals, which is probably a novelty for them. This song and a couple of other ones sounds very 50s rock’n’roll and reminded me of Elvis Presley more rocking numbers.

I can’t really recommend the new album by The Creepshow. If you really can’t have a hole in your collection, then you might want to add Life After Death. It is certainly not a failure, but is also hasn’t become a winner. This means that the best Life After Death album remains the live album by Iron Maiden, although they logically wrote it with a “v”.

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