Martin Sweet - guitar
Peter London - bass
Eric Young - drums
Simon Cruz - vocals
TRACK FRAGMENTS: 1.) "Change The World" -This track opens with a very simple clean electric guitar rhythm. Underneath the guitar rhythm Eric plays a tom-tom pattern. In between this there is an ambient noise effect of rain. As this intro progresses Eric speeds up the tom-tom pattern. Connecting the intro with the music verse. To lead into the musical verse Eric switches from a tom-tom pattern to a snare fill. There is a very simple rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. Over the top of this arrangement Martin overdubbed a minor lead solo. There is a musical timing change underneath the lyrical verse. There is a timing change for the musical verse. There is a very simple backing harmony underneath the lead vocals of the choruses. The rhythm change for the lead solo was amazing as was the solo. After the solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of a spoken vocal section over the top of a tom-tom pattern. Though this song was a great song the running time is 5:22 that's pretty long for a song these days.
2.) "Cocaine Cowboys" - This is the first single taken off the CD. This opens with a Delta Blues guitar arrangement. Over the top of the guitar arrangement Simon's vocals sounds like he was using something like a Shure Super 55 Dynamic Microphone to give his song an old Delta Blues sound. After four measures the band kicks-in the musical verse. At this point Simon changes to a regular microphone. The musical verse consisted of a huge blues arrangement. The way the musical arrangement is arranged lets the drum and bass line become the main instruments. For the musical chorus the band added more guitar. The last lyric line of the second verse consisted of only vocals. There is a lead guitar solo after the second verse this lead guitar solo leads into a breakdown section. The chorus arrangements that lead into the coda have a huge early eighties metal sound. After the coda there was a spoken vocal line. 3.) "Anarchy" -This track opens with a very simple rhythm guitar riff. As he intro progresses Eric plays a very simple drum rhythm that consisted of several cymbal crashes. As the intro progresses Martin overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement. The musical verse kept the same rhythm riff that opened the song. However Martian change his overdub rhythm arrangement. Musically the intro reminded me a lot of early Twisted Sister. The used the same rhythm riff for the musical verse as the one that opened the intro. Martin does overdub a second rhythm arrangement over the top of the first one. The vocal lines of the choruses were amazing! After the third chorus there is a breakdown section that consisted of Eric switching from a standard hi-hat pattern to a pattern on his tom-tom. There is a vocal line over the top of the of the lead guitar solo. There is a chorus over the top of the coda. 4.)"California" -This intro opens with a clean electric guitar rhythm over of a acoustic guitar riff. There is a small musical rest between the pre -intro and main. Over the top of the main musical intro there was a minor lead guitar. This section also consist of a tom-tom pattern. Eric switches to a standard hi-hat pattern for the musical verse. The rhythm riff of the verse had a solid groove to it. The fourth, fifth and sixth consisted of a backing harmony. There was a timing change connecting the musical verse with the musical intro. Leading into the chorus Simon switched to a tom-tom pattern . There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. There was a timing change for the breakdown section. The chorus had a very nice hook to it. There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. The solo leads into a timing change. The coda consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement.
5)" Lickin’Dog" -This track opens with two tom-tom cracks. There is a minor solo over the top of the musical intro. There is a small three rhythm riffs connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar arrangement of the musical verse consisted of the same riffs as the one connecting the intro with the verse. There is a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the chorus. Simon's vocals at time on the second verse are very similar to Rick Ruhl of Every Mother's Nightmare. after the second chorus there is a breakdown section where Eric switched from the standard hi-hat patter to a tom-tom pattern. After the breakdown there is a lead guitar solo.
6.) "Circus" - There is nothing real special about this song.
7.) "Sin City" - This track was very reminiscent to early eighties Van Halen.
8.) "Tonight's The Night" -This was a great track!!!
9.) "Dinking Without You" - This intro opens with a drum fill. Over the top of the drum fill there is a minor lead guitar solo. For the musical verse the drum line consisted of a bass drum kick. There was a small drum fill connecting the verse with the chorus. The guitar tracks on this song were very simple. The lead guitar solo after the second chorus is what makes this song.
10.) "Snakes In Paradise" - This track opens with a very simple guitar arrangement and drum line. There is a timing change or the opening of the musical verse. There was a small timing change connecting the intro with the verse. Then another timing change underneath the first lyric line. There is a small musical arrangement that consisted of just vocals and drums. The pre-chorus consisted of a snare fill. The chorus was very simple. connecting the chorus with the next music section there is the effect of a rattle snake. The solo for this track was probably the best on the release.
11.) "Damaged Kid" - This is just a very simple straight forward rockin' song.
12.) " Excited - This track opened with some type of ambient noise effect. The main musical intro consisted of a tom-tom pattern. Every now and then Martin plays a small riff. There is a pick slide that connect the pre-intro with the main intro. Eric switches his tom-tom pattern to a standard hi-hat rhythm. There is a small lead guitar rhythm underneath the lead vocal lines. Simon double track the vocal line of the second lyric line. The chorus was amazing and made this track!
13.) " Garden Of Babylon" -This track consisted of a very standard intro arrangement. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the arrangement. The band used the same rhythm riff for the verse as the one for the intro. There is a small Indian riff connecting the musical verse with the musical intro. Underneath the Indian riff there is an acoustic guitar. The choruses had a huge hook to them. The first lead guitar solo was double tracked. After the third verse there was a major lead guitar solo this leads to a breakdown and coda..
'Savage Playground' is the fourth release from the Glam/Sleaze Metal band from Stockholm Sweden. I have read several reviews from several magazines saying the problem with 'Savage Playground' is production. Though the production is poor. Outside of the single "Cocaine Cowboys" the songs are very repetitive. I was really hoping 'Savage Playground' was going to be a lot like 'Generation Wild' however it's not. I really don't even think die-had fans of the band will like this much.