Following two short-lived live reunions in 2004 and 2006, Extreme reconvened for real in 2007, which inevitably led to the release of SAUDADES DE ROCK. Core members Gary Cherone (vocals), Pat Badger (bass), and Nuno Bettencourt (guitar) are joined by former DramaGods/Satellite Party drummer Kevin Figueiredo (who built a grooving kinship with Nuno in both aforementioned bands). In many ways SAUDADES picks up right where 1995's WAITING FOR THE PUNCHLINE left off. Like the previous album, the new material boasts a raw, live-in-the-studio vibe. Fans familiar with Extreme's instrumental muscle and genre-jumping style can expect plenty of diversity here--from the requisite funk metal ("Run," "Comfortable Dumb") to countrified rock ("Take Us Alive") to more gentle, piano-driven ballads ("Ghost," "Peace").
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AllMusic Review by Doug Odell