Canadian melodic rockers Harem Scarem are calling it quits. 'Hope' will be the final album in their long career. For Harem Scarem and their many fans worldwide it has been a great ride. This four piece has delivered fundamental melodic rock with consistency and enthusiasm. Might as well go out strong with heads held high.
'Hope' essentially repeats what we have been hearing for the last three or so albums. To say that is 'more the same' is quite true, but hardly derogatory. Rarely do bands find their groove or style and do it well. Harem Scarem is not reinventing the wheel here, only producing fine melodic rock with believable melodies, catchy choruses, and slick guitar work. It's not novel or evolutionary, but is strong, consistent and definitive of Harem Scarem's style. Listen for great songs like 'Days Are Numbered,' Hope,' and 'Shooting Star.' Then there is song like 'Beyond Repair' that has a modern texture. It makes you wonder whether Harem Scarem has more creative tricks up their mutual sleeves and should truly carry on. Regardless, 'Hope' is a solid work to end upon.
With 'Hope,' Harems Scarem closes a great career in very strong form. What's next for these talented musicians? I hope they will explore new projects and so hear from them again. Very recommended.
- Craig Hartranft
Canada's Harem Scarem ends a great career in fine form on 'Hope.' They're going out strong with a solid album of melodic rock that displays their definitive style. Fans will be disheartened, but have hope. I believe we will be hearing from these musicians in the near future.