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Artist: Tesla

Title: Simplicity

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Tesla Simplicity Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2014

Label: Frontiers

Catalog Number: FR CD 649


Jeff Keith vocals
Frank Hannon guitars, bass, piano
Dave Rude guitars
Brian Wheat bass, piano
Troy Luccketta drums


1.  M P 3  
2.  Ricochet  
3.  Rise And Fall  
4.  So Divine...  
5.  Cross My Heart  
6.  Honestly  
7.  Flip Side!  
8.  Other Than Me  
9.  Break Of Dawn  
10.  Burnout To Fade  
11.  Life Is a River  
12.  Sympathy  
13.  Time Bomb  
14.  'til That Day  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 11, 2014 at 21:57
Man ... I am just not digging this. Simplicity is a mostly down-tempo release, and the band sounds tired, as do most of their ideas. "MP3" is supposed to be the quasi-title track, and gets things going with a sluggish beat (and the so-ten-years-ago sound of a vinyl record crackling and popping--how original). Jeff's lyrics are as predictable as a Hallmark card--seriously, the first listen, I was finishing the lines before he was. He's singing slowly and painfully, one syllable at a time, for much of the album. Frank and Dave are at least playing more passionately than on Forever More, but ti doesn't save most of the songs.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 11, 2014 at 22:07
So the first song is a bore, all about the good ol' days (send it to Reader's Digest, as Mustaine said). "Ricochet" tries for a big fist-pumping anthem and comes off totally pandering andj embarrassing. "Rise And Fall" is decent, with not-quite-so-literal lyrics, but ... again ... it's ... sung ... so ... slowly ... "So Divine" is decent, but has a definite Stryper vibe to the lyrics. "Cross My Heart" is musically cool, with honky-tonk piano, but again, sugar-shocking lyrics, Jeff assuring his chick he's not fucking around on the road. "Honestly," (Stryper again, nicking the title from their biggest hit), a boring ballad, and how many more fucking times do we have to hear Jeff remind us he's a simple man in a complex world? "Flip Side!" picks up the pace, as the exclamation point would indicate, but again, the lyrics are a cringe, and the chorus borrows that big-words-that-rhyme thing from "Ball Of Confusion."

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 11, 2014 at 22:18
Second half starts off well, with the two best songs on the disc, "Other Than Me" a nice, gllum ballad about being used by somebody who doesn't love you back, and "Break Of Dawn," the heaviest song here and jthe most sincerely rocking. Next, a couple more ballads, Jeff reminding us how a simple man like him deals with the complexities of modern life, and then he's moping about a chick again, one word at a time, on the slow-grooving "Sympathy." "Time Bomb" chugs like a train, before running off the tracks "Cumin' Atcha Live" style in its second half, but the lyrics sound like a Tea Party rallying cry, complete with a calll to "load up your guns." The last song is--surprise!--another ballad, Tesla On Parenting this time. Zzzzzz! The best songs on Simplicity still aren't as good as the worst ones on Bust A Nut (which isn't even their best album). But I have yet to read a bad review, so many people still drinking the Kool-Aid left over from twenty years ago.

From: Wardy Date: June 16, 2014 at 8:39
Yes for the mostpart, Doghouse's detailed analysis above is quite right, but weirdly whether it be due to starving fer some new Tesla or 2014 being lean on pickings thus far, Simplicity kinda draws ya in anyways even if not on par with IntoTheNow even. So highlights would be the tacky title aside MP3, it's a grower even if that title will see it date too soon, but elsewhere So Divine kills it, great tune right on par with best of later-day Tesla. And its in songs such as Honestly and Burnout To Fade where the reminiscing aging man work well, & sure 'till That Day is recycled of sorts, sure as heck sounds like classic Tesla to these ears. Break Of Dawn or Rise & Fall are measured headbangs & would use Sympathy as the prime example of both the plodding manner in which the guys deliver this album but stay relevant, that bass line is addictive! There's more but point being while this should be more it manages to be at least a win for the faithful. Sounds good & nice packaging - Rating 7.5

From: Locomalo Date: June 23, 2014 at 8:54
I think Tesla managed to find some roots in this new work, they never, to my knowledge, they have done a bad job, not even an ugly song. This is Tesla, no more to say. You have to buy it to make shake that body.Only I have something more to say, strange as Tommy Skeoch guitars! 8.5/10.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 23, 2014 at 10:34
The only body-shaking going on to this album is caused by Parkinson's disease. Yeah, it's Tesla. That seems to be people's main defense of this album: it's Tesla. It took 'em six years to come up with THIS. "Mama always told me since the day I was born / She said we're all right, it's the world that's wrong / So now I been thinkin' I wanna put it in a song / I wrote down the words so everyone can sing along." Yuck! (And that's one of the better songs, musically.)

From: Locomalo Date: June 23, 2014 at 20:41
Perro de casa Rilley, I see you're very angry with these guys, you know of any band that takes 80 good albums today?, Name me 2 or 3!! donīt say Aerosmith, Bon jovi, Metallica, Guns NīRoses, Great White, Skid Row...NO ONE, I say two, Tesla & Winger. Is simple, you are very angry with this great band.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 23, 2014 at 20:55
LocoMalo, I'm not angry with them, exactly, but I' not about to kiss their ass and say this is a great album just because Great Radio Controversy and Psychotic Supper are some of my favorite albums of all time, and have been a big part of my life. But with each release since the reunion, I find myself more disappointed and disinterested. As for other bands putting out great albums from the '80's, you're right, the ones you named are mostly terrible. I'll offer you Accept, Krokus, L.A. Guns and Little Caesar. (We'll find out about Kix in a few weeks.) With a snoozer like Simplicity, Tesla puts themselves closer to the Aerosmiths, Def Leppards and Bon Jovi's of the world, I'm sad to say.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 23, 2014 at 20:56
And that's Casa de Perro to you, mi amigo.

From: Locomalo Date: June 24, 2014 at 8:37
Ok, i'm agree with you about Krokus and L.A. Guns still releasing good albums...although I prefer the old Accept, also I think his last album was very good, but it's not the same, I hope for a good job of Kix too. Returning to Tesla, to me Simplicity is a good disk, which is far from Psychotic Supper and Bust a Nut, for my Tesla is not the same without Tommy ... it's that simple, that boy will put much polenta to the band. Greetings my friend Doghouse. I invite you to listen Dynamite, they are very good.

From: MetalllianStallion Date: July 24, 2014 at 17:37
I have nothing to add about "Simplicity" that pretty much hasn't already been said with the once mighty Tesla. Personally I started to loose interest after "Bust a Nut" as many bands start to deteriorate creatively and physically once they hit their peak, with age. Jeff Keith's range is fading fast and the band's recent LIVE performances just sound plain tired. As by way of comparison watch a few live clips from the recent Sweden Rock Festival 2014. Bands who have been around the block as long as Tesla are still holding their own (even the geezers in Y&T). TNT reunited with Tony Harnell sound like circa' 1987 to my ears, along with strong performances by Pretty Maids. BANDS LINE-UP http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=5&evnId=2 TNT - 10.000 Lovers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9-Xni3UujE Tesla - Heaven's Trail (No Way Out) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nhx5YLWsqU

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