This is the third album that got 100% from him. Earlier it was "Weight of the Word" and "Higher".
It is May 12, so "United" has already debuted everywhere. So I can rate the album. I listen United to non-stop from Sunday. I've probably listened to 100 times. I will say one thing: WOW !! !! !! PHENOMENAL album!! Something quite different we've heard from Harem Scarem in the past. How many great ideas and experiments (both in vocals and guitars). The riffs and solos are the best for years !! And the choruses, it's Harem Scarem, the masters in this profession, but I noticed the interesting things in choruses, are definitely different than usual. As for the place in my ranking, it's a strong no. 4. Best album since "Weight of the World".
1. United 8/10 - Worst track on the album, but still very good. If better chorus could be one of the best track on the album. The chorus is a bit monotonous. But rest, intro, verse and solos - great.
2. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 10/10 - A phenomenal chorus. Energy, energy, and energy again! One of the best choruses in recent times. Jeff Scott Soto is also featured here, but does not hear him as clearly as on "Bite The Bullet".
3. Gravity 9/10 - Another great chorus. The strange sound of the guitar, but I like it, very much. Solo is one of the best on record. In the chorus feel a large POWER.
4. Sinking Ship 10/10 - I listened this track many times, but the worship of this song is not over. Awesome song, one of the best after 2000. Simply perfection.
5. One Of Life's Mysteries 10/10 - What can you say, typical Harem Scarem, because ballads are always they were great. Another great ballad after 2000, and yet we had such a sensational songs like: "This Is not Over," "Higher", or "Hanging On".
6. No Regrets 8/10 - Probably the strongest guitar track. The chorus is very good, although they are better. Solo probably the worst on "United".
7. Bite The Bullet 10/10 - WOW, this is the song !! How many twists !! The fact that we already have a sensational and emotional chorus is one thing. But when twist appears and we have another completely different chorus from the words "You gotta bite the bullet", and the magic starts. We have solo (IMO great), and there's another twist and Jeff Scott Soto (who also appears in the second track), turns on singing and the effect is staggering, these two voices with Hess just sounds perfect !!
8. Things I Know 10/10 - I love this emotional climate in verses. And the chorus, that's what did with this song so complete song. Very energetic track.
9. The Sky is Falling 9/10 - Great chorus, verses, and solo TOP3 on the album.
10. Heaven & Earth 9/10 - One of the strongest songs. Initially, I was not particularly good at it, but over time it was incredibly grown in my ranking, becoming one of the best (currently No. 6). I love the fragment: "We'll be taking control, To claim heaven & earth, Claim heaven and earth".
11. Indestructible 9/10 - We think there will be a ballad, and here a twist. We start with a cowboy climate with acoustic, and then the song changes completely, first in the verse, and in the chorus we have the real ride. Fantastic idea of Hess & Lesperance duo. Grand solo, maybe the best on the album.
12. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: acoustic version (Japanese Bonus Track) - I will not give rate here, because it's just an acoustic version of the song that appeared on the normal version of the album. The song is just as good as the normal version, because the chorus is fantastic.
And that's it. Thank you Harem Scarem for this album. Reviews on music portals and fan reviews say that "United" is truly sensational, definitely one of the best albums of Harem Scsrem. How am I glad they decided to come back after this 5 year break in 2013. Like the wine, the older the better. Now is the time to wait for the next album, no matter how much I will wait for album, because I love this band !!