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Overblown melodic rock filled with tons of atmosphere.

German melodic rockers Craaft were formed in the early 80’s, and featured Klaus Luley and Reinhard Besser on vocals and guitar and Franz Keil on Keyboards. The band played a very strong melodic style of hard rock with lots of layered vocals and big synths, and these were used to the max on their two albums ‘Craaft’ which featured lyrics by Tony Carey and their 2nd release ‘Second Honeymoon’ which featured a mix and mastering job from Michael Wagener. Yesterrock have now given the reissue treatment to the band’s sophomore release ‘Second Honeymoon’ and I’m so glad they have because even though I have both of Craaft’s albums on vinyl (and debut on CD) I had forgotten just how good a band they were, and this their second release needed the reissue treatment to bring out the what is best in Craaft’s music. 

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The songs are big overblown slices of hard rock and ‘Twisted Up All Inside’ and ‘Run Away’ are a perfect way to kick things off, up tempo rockers with big keyboards, layered harmony vocals and two big chorus’s, something Craaft excel at. Follow these tracks with ‘Chance Of Your Life’, the hard rocker ‘Running On Love’ with its big chorus and strong guitar riff, the funky ‘Hey Babe’ or power ballad called ‘Jane’ where Klaus Luley puts in his best album vocal, and you can see that Craaft were a very good band indeed, one that could write great songs and probably should have made more records than they actually did.

Yesterrock haven’t just re-mastered the album they have also added a half dozen bonus tracks which makes this a very nice package indeed. If you missed out on this album first time around and you have a liking for overblown melodic rock filled with tons of atmosphere, then a copy of ‘Second Honeymoon’ could be just what you’re after. Nice One!

Ian Johnson

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