So what´s the fuss about this album that entered the top 10 on the Finnish album chart earlier this year, the name Ile Kallio might ring a bell and it´s not so strange since he´s founding member and guitarist in the famous Finnish trio Hurriganes.
I remember when I was a kid and how we loved to say the words -Welcome to China town! and then play the song Chinatown real loud from Hurriganes 1975 album Crazy days.
Kallio´s new band simply called Big Rock Band has a far bigger line up than the trio of Hurriganes, he has gathered a brass section and a rhythm section along with a keyboardist and the Swedish singer Patrik Eriksson.
We´re talking old school rocknroll here for fans of Dr.Feelgood, Rockpile, Gasolin´ and even Huey Lewis and The News.
Close your eyes and dream back to the wonderful days of Rockpalast on TV in the 70´s and 80´s where we could see bands like ZZ Top, Mothers Finest, Nina Hagen and The Who perform.
The songs on Shook up sounds like they were taken from that era and to please our Swedish readers, this album now gets a release in Sweden too.
The album opens with the title track where frontman Patrik sings “You better put on your dancing shoes” and that´s exactly what this song feels like, a soul rock song that sounds like a floorfiller from 1974 before the disco era.
The next track Make my day is more groovy with a cool organ on top, the listener might get all flower power-ish with this The Creeps-like tune.
3rd song My shining star takes a ride down the laid back lane with one foot on precious Graceland ground, oh yes I can definitely hear Elvis do this bluesy soul song. I like Patrik´s raspy voice and even if he ain´t no Elvis, he knocks out most Idol contenders on tv for sure.
The more rocking Hot wheels follows and it´s living proof of where Ile Kallio comes from, anyone who grew up listening to Hurriganes knows what I´m talking about. I won´t be too surpised if Jerry Williams bought a ticket to the upcoming show on Nalen in Stockholm on October 16.
Just one night sounds like The Rolling Stones meets Huey Lewis and it´s also one of my personal faves on the record. A real melodic jewel.
The single Jonathan my friend is a rootsy E Street Band-like song that is driven by the fat brass section, this one surely belong in their live set. A grower indeed.
Release my heart follows and it´s an upbeat rocknroll tune that will get you in the Nick Lowe / Rockpile mood right away, the guitar could be a bit higher in the mix I think.
The 8th track Night owl sounds like an album filler I´m afraid, the saxophone solo bring thoughts to the Saturday Night Live theme.
The following Take me home has one of the strongest choruses on the album, I really like how the band takes it down in tempo and Patrik does his best vocal performance on this song.
Then it´s time to get smooth all over with the classic rock of Get away, the song lack of a good chorus but Kallio is playing some mean guitar here.
Don´t back down is another nice song with a real melodic chorus that feels like a treat for a fan of 70´s FM rock like myself.
The 12th song I will stay wraps up the album in fine way, it´s one of few ballads and a decent one too but it´s the rocking part of the album that makes this a nice affair.