Saudades de Rock

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Saudades de Rock
Studio album by Extreme
Released August 12, 2008
Recorded November 2007-April 2008
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock, funk metal
Length approx 67 minutes (European release)
Label Fontana, Frontiers (Europe only)
Producer Nuno Bettencourt
Extreme chronology
Waiting for the Punchline
(1995)
Saudades de Rock
(2008)
Take Us Alive
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
411Mania (8/10)[1]
Allmusic (?)[2]
Billboard (positive)[3]
Blogcritics (positive)[4]
Boston Herald (positive)[5]
KNAC 5/5 stars[6]
Metromix 3/5 stars[7]
PopMatters (7/10)[8]

Saudades de Rock (which roughly translates from Portuguese as "Nostalgic Yearnings of Rock") is Extreme's fifth studio album, released on August 12, 2008. It was the band's first album of new material since 1995's Waiting for the Punchline, and also their first release with new drummer Kevin Figueiredo.

Production and marketing[edit]

On August 14, 2007, it was reported on Blabbermouth.net that Extreme were writing a new song, entitled "Rock 'n' Roll Man", to perform at the Brad Delp (late Boston singer) tribute concert, which was being held on August 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, vocalist Gary Cherone and guitarist Nuno Bettencourt had begun writing new material for Extreme's first post-reunion album.[9][10] On November 26, 2007, while it was reported that Extreme were officially reformed, the band would eventually begin work on their new album for a spring 2008 release as well as a world tour to follow.[11]

On January 15, 2008, Bettencourt posted an update stating that Extreme were "finishing up the recording" of their "new release". He claimed the band "had a great time jamming and creating" and also "ended up with about 24 tunes", which they "dwindled down to the 14 that will be on the record". He also described the songs as "a 'mishmash' of old-school rock and some tasty abstract ditties".[12] On April 29, 2008, Cherone posted an update stating that the album was finished "except for one lead vocal and a few backgrounds" and said that Bettencourt was "working overtime finishing up the mixes". Cherone also stated that the album contained "the best performances of the band... ever".[13]

On June 16, 2008, Blabbermouth.net announced August 1, 2008, as the release date for Saudades de Rock in Europe[14] and on July 15, 2008, the band's website revealed a release date of August 12, 2008, for the USA.[15]

On July 22, 2008, the song "Comfortably Dumb" premiered on the band's profile at Ultimate Guitar.[16]

The album's lead single, "Star," failed to chart in the U.S. However, the song and accompanying video for "King of the Ladies" reached #4 on the AOL Video Charts in 2010, according to Billboard.[17] Additional videos were shot for the songs "Interface," "Run," and "Ghost," which were released in 2010 on the Extreme DVD Take Us Alive.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Star" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 4:11
2. "Comfortably Dumb" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 4:44
3. "Learn to Love" (Bettencourt, Cherone, Figueiredo) 5:27
4. "Take Us Alive" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 3:23
5. "Run" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 4:41
6. "Last Hour" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 5:37
7. "Flower Man" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 3:54
8. "King of the Ladies" (Bettencourt, Cherone, Anthony J. Resta, Carl Restivo) 4:22
9. "Ghost" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 4:58
10. "Slide" (Bettencourt, Figueiredo) 4:35
11. "Interface" (Bettencourt) 4:34
12. "Sunrise" (Bettencourt, Cherone, Figueiredo) 6:14
13. "Peace (Saudade)" (Bettencourt, Cherone) 6:37
14. "Americocaine (Demo 1985)" (Bettencourt, Cherone, Paul Mangone) 3:39
  • Track 14 appears only on the European version released by Frontiers Records.
  • Japanese edition includes bonus track "Mr. Bates (Demo 1986)" instead of "Americocaine (Demo 1985)".

Chart information[edit]

Year Album / Single Peak Chart Positions
Billboard 200 Independent Albums UK Albums Chart US Hard Rock Billboard
AOL Video
2008 Saudades De Rock #78 [18] #9 [18] #80 [19] #12 [18] -
2010 "King of the Ladies" - - - - #4[18]

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 411Mania review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 20, 2008)
  4. ^ Blogcritics review
  5. ^ Boston Herald review at the Wayback Machine (archived June 13, 2011)
  6. ^ KNAC review
  7. ^ Metromix review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 9, 2010)
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Extreme: New Album On The Way? Retrieved March 28, 2008
  10. ^ Extreme Debuts New Song At Brad Delp Tribute Concert Retrieved March 28, 2008
  11. ^ Extreme Guitarist Explains Decision To Reunite Retrieved March 28, 2008
  12. ^ Extreme Guitarist Issues New Album Update Retrieved March 28, 2008
  13. ^ Extreme Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Retrieved April 29, 2008
  14. ^ EXTREME: European Version Of 'Saudades de Rock' To Include 1985 Demo Recording Retrieved on June 16, 2008
  15. ^ EXTREME’s Saudades de Rock Available August 12th Retrieved on July 15, 2008
  16. ^ Extreme: 'Comfortably Dumb' Premieres On UG Profiles | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.com Retrieved June 22, 2008
  17. ^ Extreme AOL Video ChartBillboard. Accessed February 19, 2012.
  18. ^ a b c d "Extreme Album Chart History". Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  19. ^ "Blabbermouth.net Article". Retrieved 2008-08-06.