Poker Alice | One Step Closer To Paradise

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One Step Closer To Paradise

by Poker Alice

American Rock Made In Switzerland.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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2. Weird
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3. Forever
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4. Wake Me Up
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5. Southbound
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6. I Miss You
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7. Where I Want to Go
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8. Wish You Were Here
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9. Misery
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10. Louisiana
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POKER ALICE: American Rock Made In Switzerland!

Trends and faked attitudes are not their business. And these four instrumentalists and their singer do also not need cool images and scandals. POKER ALICE prefer more to convince with melodic mainstream rock with a timeless touch, which sounds more American than some other productions from the USA and even though have their own character. Not only their until now released albums but also their energetic live shows put them into the hearts of their fans which estimate good rock music with a bit folk and country in it.

"It's a long way to the top" says Monika Schär. In her description on the website the loud-voiced singer gets more detailed about the goals of the five-piece group. POKER ALICE do not want to play in one of the Swiss stadiums; they want to play in the Madison Square Garden in New York, which is a sacred rock temple for generations of fans. But POKER ALICE would not be POKER ALICE if they would work grim to reach their goals. A big portion of winking and a lot of fun are part of the motivation of Charlie Midnite, Daniel Schwarz, Dieter Senn, René Hunziker and Monika Schär. They want to get the maximum out of a song and to perform at their best at every concert.

POKER ALICE were founded in 1996. From their first production "Half Past Midnite" (1997) on they have worked hard to find their own musical identity, which could fully correspond the essence and character of the five in age and musical background different musicians. "From production to production POKER ALICE got more and more certainty in their music" Monika Schär says. "We have now found our own style and present ourselves as authentic unity on stage as well as in recording sessions."

POKER ALICE always find the way to create catchy songs with romantic colored lyrics and with the guaran-tee to join in the songs, which inevitably settle down in the ears of the audience. And there is the powerful, warm and versatile voice of Monika Schär, which could even hardened rockers make addicted, as "CeDe.ch" writes! POKER ALICE do not like to be compared with other artists. Their catchy rock, ennobled with a bit of folk, pop and country, is hard anchored in the tradition of the big American bands of the 70s and 80s. But when the new album "Strongly Recommended!" was compared with Fleetwood Mac on the American web-site "CD Baby" POKER ALICE of course liked to read that.

The music of POKER ALICE is also esteemed on the internet, which proves the hint that in the last two and a half years over 300'000 downloads of their music could be registered on mp3. And there were already a lot of radio plays in Switzerland and Europe as well as several chart positions, for example position 1 and 3 in the Argentinean country charts with the singles "Wish You Were Here" and "Thunder Rolls".


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Metro Country CD Review


Poker Alice are a 5 piece band from Switzerland, who like more than a little Rock with their Country. Comprising of Monika Schär on Vocals, Rudy Birchler and Daniel Schwarz on Guitars, D.D.Senn on Bass and R.Hunziker on Drums, this band are very good at what they do, but they aren't likely to appeal to the traditional country music fan.

Last year the band released a great single, "Blue Sky," which I have played on the show more than a few times, but since then they seem to have gone more rocky and this latest 10 track album from the band is a good exemple of that. The album contains 9 country/heavy rockers, with just one slow ballad, "Forever," a nice love ballad, but at 5mins 34secs, it may be just a little too long to attract much radio airplay.

Pick of the other tracks for me include, the opening track, "The Rainbow," and "Southbound," plus the one's that are most likely to appeal to country fans, the catchy "Wish You Were Here" "Louisiana" and "I Miss You," with the latter three tracks being the only one's that could possibly be considered for my Metro Country show. The other four tracks, "Weird," the very hard rocking "Wake Me Up" and "Where I Want To Go," plus the mid paced "Misery" are only likely to appeal to rock music fans.

If you're idea of good country music includes heavy, overdriven guitar sounds, then this is most definitely for you. Poker Alice are a very good outfit, I have no doubt about that! You just need a country music fan with a broader outlook to appreciate them!