Forget the oh-so-clever title because behind the Saudades name lies a raft of typically slick tunes boasting Gary Cherone’s majestic vocals and the fret-burning artistry of Nuno Bettencourt. What could be better?
Bizarrely the better songs are saved for a mid-section rich in variety and depth and we’re not completely sold on album opener and first single Star. In truth the first three tracks are growers at best. But after a patchy start the pure class kicks in.
The last time we bumped into Nuno he was complementing the quite chaotic Perry Farrell at a fantastic Satellite Party gig at the Toon’s Academy. Backstage he was as laid back as ever and seemed the perfect choice for an edgy outfit.
But here he is back with the band who unleashed Pornografitti on an unsuspecting world and Portuguese football’s least famous fan is in scintillating form.
Here at rushonrock we love Nuno, we love Extreme and we love what their label, Frontiers Records, is doing for the music which matters to us and our mates. Make Saudades de Rock this month’s must-have purchase or you’ll be crying like Michael Vaughan.
Oh and don’t forget to check out Extreme at Newcastle’s City Hall on November 17.