Tesla - Shock

Tesla - Shock album wiki, reviews
Artist:   Tesla
Album Name:   Shock
Genre:   Hard Rock
Tracks:   12
Relase Date:   08 March 2019
Country:   USA

Shock (Tesla) Album Songs


Song TitleTime
1.You Won't Take Me Alive 3:33
2.Taste Like 3:11
3.We Can Rule the World 4:14
4.Shock 3:36
5.Love Is a Fire 3:30
6.California Summer Song 2:57
7.Forever Loving You 3:42
8.The Mission 4:03
9.Tied to the Tracks 3:28
10.Afterlife 4:39
11.I Want Everything 3:24
12.Comfort Zone 3:48

About Tesla - Shock Album

Shock is the eighth studio album by American rock band Tesla. Produced and co-written by Phil Collen, the work was released on 08 March 2019. ..

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Shock (Tesla) Album Reviews

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  • Tim’s iPhone
    1 stars
    Huh?. Dang! Tesla was such a great hard rock band. Now they're just another Bon Jovi.
  • ridetowork
    1 stars
    Bubble Gum Shock. I saw them about a month ago & it was a good show...because they played a lot of old stuff. I have been an enormous fan since the mid-80's when they were proud to boast 'no machines'. I guess those days are over? What a true dissapointment. So very overproduced, shiny, sappy & those fake vocal tracks are just horror to my ears. 'Pour some sugar' on this record! I really miss the old sound.
  • bigsled 1
    1 stars
    I'm " Shocked ". Well not really . Tesla has been going downhill in the last ten years. Forever More , Simplicity and now, this. Tesla has only put out 8 releases in in 33 years and this is the first one I could not fine one enjoyable song ! I mean i'm not surprised. Only 1/2 of Forever More, and 3 songs off Simplicity . Some people actually don't want to admit that Tesla has run out of idea's musically and lyrically .They have so much love for this band they start to say things about these releases like Tesla is" evolving" or " trying something different " lol . I've been seeing them for over 20 years but stopped. I've been a loyal fan for over 30 years but , even their live show ( for financial reasons I suppose) have been cut down to 1hr opening slot's for Leppard Poison, Styx, REO , Scorpions playing the same old tired setlists and going thru the motions on stage ( it shows) for a paycheck . Unless maybe a casino pays them more then they give you a solo show but the fan gets crappy seats as the casino holds all the good seats and hands them out to people that don't even own a tesla album. Jeffs voice has been going downhill and difficult to lisyten to live now with anything but the easy stuff. A lot like David Coverdale . Nails across the chaulk board . Frank Hannon was right when he said Tesla has run out of idea's and shouldn't have put out another release and, their buddy Phil is the wrong guy to go to for help. What good song has Phil wrote since Hysteria ..... Maybe they should finally take a couple years off from touring , get in the right head space , then find a actual good song writer for the next one. I don't know if Tesla has a relationship with Tommy but maybe Tommy could write and skip the touring as he struggles abuses on the road.
  • Tesla 1987
    1 stars
    Disappointing. After such a great cd in Simplcity this is a magic let down.
  • Ringo Shine
    5 stars
    Review of “Shock”. I’ve been a fan from the beginning, however this is the first album I’ve bothered to buy ! This is a great sounding album from beginning to end and leaves you wanting more ! It’s a great job done by band and producer. All negative reviews....just cause they can’t play it, cut down those that did. This is a great find and I’ll be listening to this album for a long time. Thank you. Mahalo
  • foxxxalot
    2 stars
    Well......shoot!. Been a fan forever but the last two albums are weak to say the least. I think this is the worst ever! Tried listening to it but it just bums me out. Tesla is a rock n roll band, this album for the most part is not rock n roll. I’ll stick with what .a. Guns has been doing lately and hope the Tesla boys can find their rock n roll gonads again
  • vick_troy
    1 stars
    Needs Tommy. There is no Tesla sound without Tommy Skeoch. Listen to Tommy’s 2 solo albums and you hear great Tesla sounds. Tommy can’t sing for crap but his music & solos are awesome. He balanced out Frank’s southern rock style. No ill-will toward Dave but he’s not Tommy and has changed their sound for the worse imho. So few bands make it in the biz. Tesla made it be of Frank & Tommy’s combined style along with Jeff’s unique voice and Troy’s drum & B-dub’s bass licks. You can’t replace Tommy and expect the same chemistry. Jeff’s voice on ‘Taste Like’ sounds a lot like the last album; his voice sounds strained and irritated. Maybe just old age. If you want some good Tesla sound go listen to him & Tommy’s band Bar 7. Awesome top to bottom. The ‘Shock’ song is better. We’ll see what the rest of the album has in store. Well...today I listened to the rest of the album & have now dropped my rating from 3 to 1 star. This is Def Leppard 2.0 lite. I will not purchase one song off this over produced garbage. Please don’t call yourself Tesla anymore. You’re last 3 albums have progressively gotten worse. At least ‘Forever More’ had a few good ones. This is pop rock.
  • ShockR
    5 stars
    Tesla still has it!. Tesla has been my favorite band since 1987. I saw them for the third time this year at the Paegent in St Louis (they rocked that place, by the way). That’s when I heard that this album was coming out. As Tesla ALWAYS does, this whole album is a fantastic combination of raspy vocals, outstanding guitars and over-the-top backbeat! My favorites on this album are: Shock, Afterlife, and Comfort Zone. However, no song stands out like songs from previous albums: Modern Day Cowboy, Little Susie, Love Song, Signs, What You Give, and so on. Still, I loved this entire album and will stay Tesla’s biggest fan!
  • Usachatnow.com
    5 stars
    Love it. Can’t believe the comments, this sound is so good. It’s like Tesla upgraded!!!
  • AZ308GTS
    5 stars
    It's a Keeper. First off..it's Tesla. A mix of rocking leads,mellow acoustics, some corny lyrics and different styles. I like how everyone on the band has had their influence on this one. In my opinion the opening track is the best track on the album and could earn them some air time. Unfortunately "We can Rule the World" made it on the album. The chorus kills it. Just skip it. Everthing else has it's place and is a good listen, Give the final track two listens. The time signature works and the harmonies are old school. 3/15/2019 Ok, one week later I've upped my rating. I can hear where people might getting the Phil influence...yeh, so what. I'm liking it better with every listen. Great job guys! Thanks for keeping it honest Tesla!
  • Chinesemuchacho
    3 stars
    Wow!. Below is the original review based on hearing shock for the first time. Once the album came out, I gave it a listen about 7 or 8 times. It does grow on you, but it is clearly not Tesla and Phil Collin's influence is abundantly clear. Though I applaud them for doing something different and trying to re-invigerate themselves back into music again, I cant help but think they have lost their way with this album. Tesla has never been a pop rock harmonizing band like Leppard. They have always been a little crunchier, heavier and smarter with their lyrics. These sound like throw away songs that even Def Leppard would not want to do. If they labeled it under some other band, then yeah, maybe, ok, it could be decent, but under Tesla, it doesnt work. Sorta disappointing. I would rather them get Bob Rock, or Mutt Lange to come in and produce an album, maybe even bring in Danny Elfman, that would be kinda awesome. The one band from the 80s that really hasnt deviated from their style, sound and ability to create rock that seems to sound modern while still holding on to that 80s that made them famous. This is an increadible song that resonates and reverberates your speakers and your ear drums. I am excited for new material. I also got to see them live for the first time, I had always missed them in the past for one reason or another. However, seeing them when they opened for REO and Def Leppard a couple years ago was awesome. I look forward to catching them again with this album.
  • chadcubs
    4 stars
    Being Shocked is a good thing. Tesla is a great band and decided to change things up a bit. For the most part is a good to great album. It rocks in many places and if you listen carefully you will hear Tesla in the songs. Of course there is some Leppard influence on the album. The only song I could’ve done without is We Can Rule the World. It’s the only song that doesn’t fit or is out of place. Great album overall. I’ll take this any day of week over not getting any new music. I would have given it 4 and a half stars.
  • *JERSEY*
    1 stars
    Tommy.... Having been a huge fan of Tesla, so much to point of having: TESLA license plates on my car (circa, Into The Now), I have listened to the band slowly decline. Every album after, ITN, has been a disappointment, but this? This is bad and definitely is not a Tesla record. Every album after ITN has one thing in common: No Tommy Skeoch! Obviously, Tommy was a major player, when it came to that one and only Tesla sound that made them great. Now they’re putting Def Leppard wanna be music out. I feel the only person that can save this band and get them back on track is: Tommy Skeoch.
  • MrMusic1971
    2 stars
    Disbelief. This sounds like one of Def Leppard’s bad albums. Sparkle Lounge to be exact. Maybe 2 good songs that have the Tesla vibe. That Summer song is horrendous. They let Phil take control of the band.too many recorded vocals, and just plain weird. Oh well.
  • Briluke.
    5 stars
    Love it. I really enjoyed listening to this record. Great production, song writing and musicianship. I’ve been a fan since day one and love this band live! Keep rock alive, Tesla
  • DJKohliRocks
    5 stars
    Tesla - SHOCK: it’s what’s for dinner. Good god, never seen so much whining. “Oh my god, Phil did this....did that!” Please. Yes, he produced it. But TESLA also let him have fun and sing with them on the album. You guys are whining when you’re hearing half the voice of DEF LEPPARD singing. It’s not the production itself at all. It’s because we’re hearing him sing with them. At least they kept it in the family. Phil has been family for years. Read the interviews. This is TESLA and their friend making an album while on the road together. They were having a blast working together. We’ve got plenty of TESLA rock music within the tracks: SHOCK, I WANT EVERYTHING, AFTERLIFE, COMFORT ZONE, THE MISSION, TASTE LIKE, TIED TO THE TRACKS and more. They gave us a few ballads. One, track 3, I’ll admit...does have a hint of Leppard in it, but listen with an open mind. It’s still a Tesla ballad...stretched out a bit with Leppard flavor. The ballad needed a bit of sugar, so Phil added some. The rest of the album is a mix of Into The Now and Forevermore. Remember the days when we had to buy a physical album and play it beginning to end like 3/4 times before we really know the album? This is what TESLA cooked up for us. It’s what’s for dinner. Shut up and quit whining. Thank you, TESLA! I love you forevermore! ;). — Kohli Rocks Media
  • Metalsinnermaster
    2 stars
    Nope. Shock is right. This ain’t Tesla. Skip it, for it overall is a stinky dung heap.
  • Coach Lonster XVIII
    4 stars
    Times Making Changes. Tesla began as a hard rocking alternative to corporate pop rock bands like Poison and Warrant. Now they’ve drifted toward that weak sound they once replaced. At least they’re making new music; I give them an A for effort and the album IS growing on me. My advise to the band is next time they bring in a Def Leppard producer, let it be Vivian Campbell - that way maybe we’d get less Hysteria and a little more Holy Diver. Bring back the big guitar solos. But criticism aside, the bottom line is I’m enjoying listening to this album. I say always ignore the first several album reviews posted as they usually were done after only a minute of barely listening.
  • 8Len8
    2 stars
    Weak Production. Listened to this on iTunes after listening to the new Queensryche. Not comparing bands or songs at all, but the sound of the Tesla album sounded weak compared to the QR album. No punch to it at all.
  • 91alderN4
    5 stars
    Be thankful!. Any new "REAL Music" that actually has "real Instruments" is always welcome. When it's a great rock n roll band new release its always great! Keep em coming Tesla. Buy it and enjoy. So few great bands still rocking. Nuff said.
  • sconti65
    2 stars
    Def Leppard too!. Love Tesla, like Phil. I want Tesla to sound like Tesla not a Def Leppard clone. Obviously Phil had a very strong influence on the production. Also the same reason I stopped listen to Def Leppard after Pyromania. Not awful, just not good. Shame. Will wait for the next album.
  • BillE85308
    3 stars
    Okey-dokey. I saw someone else mention it, but this sounds like Def Leppard. The songs are good but WAY over produced. I was wondering if Mutt Lange was behind the controls.
  • monquetoe
    3 stars
    Takes Chances, If Uneven Overall. I loved Tesla from their debut through "Into the Now." Unfortunately, their last two studio efforts showed how much they dug themselves into a hole with their unflinching dedication to the blue collar 70's ethic, something that they appeared to have at least softened their stance on a little during Into The Now. But Forevermore was solid if unmemorable, and Simplicity was boring. At least here they expand their palet a bit. Phil Collen's fingerprints are all over it, from the big pop hooks, the gang style and layered choruses and the reliance on mid-tempo ballads infused with a touch Queen pomposity instead of their gut level hard rock. If anything, its sequencing and overall hodge podge of material plays like a latter day Def Leppard album. It's not an album so much as an exercise in different styles and genre's, and if any band needed to shake things up, it's Tesla. It's not on par with Mechanical Resonance or The Great Radio Controversy, but it's a far more interesting listen than Simplicty, and their most modern and adventurous since Into The Now. Not all styles fit, but it's nice to hear them step out of their comfort zone for a change. Maybe next time they'll work with a producer who helps them play to their strengths while giving them the confidence to still branch out. This is a start but far from a finished product.
  • MusicJunkie63%10
    5 stars
    Tesla rocks !!. This is refreshing ,just great n I love it from first listen !!Thank you ,Tesla !!
  • Jason#51
    4 stars
    Good stuff. I’ve been a Tesla fan since the beginning. No it’s not the original sound, but things change, we move forward in taste and style. Love it.
  • Snuggs0017
    1 stars
    Shock & awe-ful. Guys this misses the mark. Swing & a miss rock-ish pop songs with that cheesy def leppard chorus attached. Cringe worthy. No thank you. Def Lep’s Phil Collen wrote & produced this attempt & destroyed that patented Tesla sound.
  • BPatrick1969
    4 stars
    Don't buy it all. I love Tesla, top 10 bands for me of all time. This album is a bit of a throwback to the 80s production sound, yet a sound update. As Frank said, it's gonna piss some people off. There are about 5-6 songs worth having here that to me, stand up with all the rest of their library very well. The Mission, Tied to the Tracks, Tastes Like, Won't Take Me Alive, Comfort Zone...buy those individually. Don't even listen to California Summer Song, that may be the worst Tesla song I've ever heard. Buy those 5, play them multiple times, and enjoy. The production quality is better than I've heard on a Tesla record in a LONG time. If this is who Tesla is now, I'm OK with it, at least they made another record.
  • djwirth61
    2 stars
    Be Tesla, Not Def Leppard. I really wish Tesla trusted themselves and relied upon the internal chemistry they’ve always had to make their new record instead of changing to the direction of Phil Collen. This pales in comparison and to much of their other work.
  • Ibmighty
    2 stars
    Stay in your lane. Producers produce. Musicians play music. Stay in your lane Phil. I know you guys are buds and all but, this was not a well thought out venture. It sound to much like a Def Leppard album and a bad one at that. And what the heck happened to “no machines”? Though’s electronic drum tracks were horrible! This isn't the worst album I’ve ever heard (Slang) but it’s pretty darn close. Very disappointed. I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Tesla album.
  • Shred Flammer
    5 stars
    Shock!. This is a really good, classic sounding rock record, and have enjoyed listening to the blend of good music between all the tracks. The sound of the record is great, with excellent production and sonically works well. What sticks out for me is how well the songs are written, arranged, with nice melodies and background vocals. I’m always a fan of good guitar riffs that are simple, with solid drum sound, well sung vocals, and allowing Jeff’s vocals to breathe. Certainly Phil Collen had major influence with this formula, and it works really well for Tesla. The highlights for me are Taste Like, just a real classic sounding rock song with a cool chorus and shouty vocals. Shock is another great song with a solid groove, the chorus is great when Jeff’s vocals transitions into a higher octave. California Summer Song just sounds like a radio friendly track, just a cool summer track. The Mission just rocks, and its classic sounding Tesla, as well as Tied to the Tracks. Afterlife has a good feel to it. You Won’t Take Me Alive has solid drive to the song. I’m just really impressed with the overall result of this record. I have been a fan of Tesla since the beginning, and to me the work that was put into this record and the final product result elevates Tesla to the next level. Great job and well done!
  • APJY
    1 stars
    Bummer. They have taken the same path as Def Leppard and Bon Jovi and are mired in adult contemporary music. Phil Collen learned from the Mutt Lange school of music producing. This is a huge letdown for me. Two songs are decent, the rest...belongs on an easy listening station. Imma pass on this one.
  • Saint Lewis Band
    5 stars
    What on EARTH happened?. I honestly haven't enjoyed a Tesla release since The Great Radio Controversy, but man... this is a gem! Shocked!
  • damage done
    1 stars
    No Bueno. I love Tesla. I like Phil Collen from Def Leppard. However, this is an adult contemporary album from Tesla. Collen’s production on this album is too slick. Tesla is 2 guitars, bass, drums, and Jeff Keith. Raw and loud. This collaboration just doesn’t work. I was excited for this album but it is disappointing. Sorry!
  • x-ray delta one
    3 stars
    Good for a Def Leppard record. It's actually a decent record but this is Tesla, not Def Leppard. I swear I think theres a drum machine on there. Strings? wha... I know they're buds with Collen but this is too much. Tesla didn't need the "Mutt Lange touch". I'll keep listening hoping I turn around on it but I feel like I'm going top be waiting another 5 years for a new Tesla record cause this aint it.
  • oppyrocker
    5 stars
    (Still) A Great Rock Band. I'm "shocked" that these guys can continue to create such great music. Great album here with numerous hard rocking tunes and several melodic, thoughtful, emotional ballads. Classic Tesla. If there is a better rock band around today, I haven't heard them.
  • Imperial Drag
    3 stars
    Definite Def Lep Vibe. It's Tesla...and I love the lead single Shock, but too much of the rest of the album utilizes the Def Leppard chorus/harmonies, so it scues the sound. It's Tesla-Lite....it's the Diet Coke of Hard Rock.... just 1 calorie...just not hard enough. It's like if Hanson and Nelson had a 80s metal band baby.
  • Valentineomine
    5 stars
    Teslover. This band rocks like no other and their music is my soul’s vibe! Gettin better every day...yeah! ✌🏼❤️
  • KISSrocks79
    2 stars
    Def Tesla?. I have to agree with most of the other reviewers. It has too much Leppard sounding material. Even Simplicity had a gritty rock sound but now they gone too main stream with Phil Collin behind the board. Maybe they’ll go back to the good old stuff next time!!!
  • bjovi
    5 stars
    Tesla is still relevant. Most bands from the 80s /early 90s hair band era have forgotten how to write a decent song. Not Tesla, and you can definitely hear the Phil Collen influence. Tesla is still one of the most underrated bands on the planet. Taste Like and The Mission are my favorites on this album.
  • KPMatt1
    1 stars
    Def Leppard cover band?. *Revised down after listening to the whole cd. As soon as I heard Phil Collin was producing this I had a bad feeling. Sure enough the first single sounds like a Def Leppard throw away track. The second single, “Taste Like” is only slightly better. *The whole cd is bubblegum pop.
  • MBuquet
    5 stars
    Bucket. The melody is back, the band did it right this time. Reminds me of the older stuff. Great again!!!!
  • CapFan13
    3 stars
    Def Tesla?. I've have been a die Hard Tesla fan from day 1, and have loved every single cd they have put out. I'm also a huge Def Leppard fan as well. Which makes this review a little painfull. While I'm a huge fan of both bands, I also like that they both have 2 distict different sounds...until now that is. While this is a decent cd, its not that hard edged Tesla sound, its 100% the polished DL sound which is kinda hard to swallow. The Title track Shock, is a good song, but its a great example of the DL sound, by using the electronic drum sound. I dont hate this CD, just a little disappointed that I'm not listening to the classic Tesla sound.
  • Really Tesla?
    1 stars
    Really?. Tesla should be ashamed. This album SUUUUCKS!!!!
  • poolbird25
    5 stars
    new album. the album is great best song shock rest is asit can be in years i have been listing to the band since early years
  • CD Head
    2 stars
    Just bad!. Sounds like a Def Leppard throwaway album. We can Rule the World may be the worst Tesla song I’ve ever heard in my life. Tied to the Tracks, is an ok song. Where is Solution, Lady luck, Into the Now, Hang Tough,????? For those of you that have been Tesla fans since the beginning, they did use machines!
  • Probably 2 maybe 3 songs. Why work with Colen? Anyone listen to the material this guys released over the past 20 years? Anything new people say is great. This is awful except for a few songs. Sad as these guys are the last standing hard rock band. Can’t believe Hannon would have enjoyed this song writing experience
  • TesLeppard. I only give it one star because I have to give it a rating. This sounds nothing like their classic Mechanical Resonance, or the Great Radio Controversy. It sounds like the Def Leppard album Slang and even that had better songs than this trainwreck!
  • Katsudog
    4 stars
    Def Leppard??. While this is a very good album , it is a bit odd. It sounds exactly like a Def Leppard disc. Everything from the vocal lines to the melodies sounds exactly like Joe Elliot and the boys . It is a bit strange .
  • eatright
    5 stars
    Shock & Roll. Shock rocks, it has great writing, production and depth. Tesla and Phil Collen went deep on this one. You won’t find anything out there like this anymore. Rock isn’t dead, it’s just called Tesla now.
  • Tim’s iPhone
    1 stars
    Huh?. Dang! Tesla was such a great hard rock band. Now they're just another Bon Jovi.
  • ridetowork
    1 stars
    Bubble Gum Shock. I saw them about a month ago & it was a good show...because they played a lot of old stuff. I have been an enormous fan since the mid-80's when they were proud to boast 'no machines'. I guess those days are over? What a true dissapointment. So very overproduced, shiny, sappy & those fake vocal tracks are just horror to my ears. 'Pour some sugar' on this record! I really miss the old sound.
  • bigsled 1
    1 stars
    I'm " Shocked ". Well not really . Tesla has been going downhill in the last ten years. Forever More , Simplicity and now, this. Tesla has only put out 8 releases in in 33 years and this is the first one I could not fine one enjoyable song ! I mean i'm not surprised. Only 1/2 of Forever More, and 3 songs off Simplicity . Some people actually don't want to admit that Tesla has run out of idea's musically and lyrically .They have so much love for this band they start to say things about these releases like Tesla is" evolving" or " trying something different " lol . I've been seeing them for over 20 years but stopped. I've been a loyal fan for over 30 years but , even their live show ( for financial reasons I suppose) have been cut down to 1hr opening slot's for Leppard Poison, Styx, REO , Scorpions playing the same old tired setlists and going thru the motions on stage ( it shows) for a paycheck . Unless maybe a casino pays them more then they give you a solo show but the fan gets crappy seats as the casino holds all the good seats and hands them out to people that don't even own a tesla album. Jeffs voice has been going downhill and difficult to lisyten to live now with anything but the easy stuff. A lot like David Coverdale . Nails across the chaulk board . Frank Hannon was right when he said Tesla has run out of idea's and shouldn't have put out another release and, their buddy Phil is the wrong guy to go to for help. What good song has Phil wrote since Hysteria ..... Maybe they should finally take a couple years off from touring , get in the right head space , then find a actual good song writer for the next one. I don't know if Tesla has a relationship with Tommy but maybe Tommy could write and skip the touring as he struggles abuses on the road.
  • Tesla 1987
    1 stars
    Disappointing. After such a great cd in Simplcity this is a magic let down.
  • Ringo Shine
    5 stars
    Review of “Shock”. I’ve been a fan from the beginning, however this is the first album I’ve bothered to buy ! This is a great sounding album from beginning to end and leaves you wanting more ! It’s a great job done by band and producer. All negative reviews....just cause they can’t play it, cut down those that did. This is a great find and I’ll be listening to this album for a long time. Thank you. Mahalo
  • foxxxalot
    2 stars
    Well......shoot!. Been a fan forever but the last two albums are weak to say the least. I think this is the worst ever! Tried listening to it but it just bums me out. Tesla is a rock n roll band, this album for the most part is not rock n roll. I’ll stick with what .a. Guns has been doing lately and hope the Tesla boys can find their rock n roll gonads again
  • vick_troy
    1 stars
    Needs Tommy. There is no Tesla sound without Tommy Skeoch. Listen to Tommy’s 2 solo albums and you hear great Tesla sounds. Tommy can’t sing for crap but his music & solos are awesome. He balanced out Frank’s southern rock style. No ill-will toward Dave but he’s not Tommy and has changed their sound for the worse imho. So few bands make it in the biz. Tesla made it be of Frank & Tommy’s combined style along with Jeff’s unique voice and Troy’s drum & B-dub’s bass licks. You can’t replace Tommy and expect the same chemistry. Jeff’s voice on ‘Taste Like’ sounds a lot like the last album; his voice sounds strained and irritated. Maybe just old age. If you want some good Tesla sound go listen to him & Tommy’s band Bar 7. Awesome top to bottom. The ‘Shock’ song is better. We’ll see what the rest of the album has in store. Well...today I listened to the rest of the album & have now dropped my rating from 3 to 1 star. This is Def Leppard 2.0 lite. I will not purchase one song off this over produced garbage. Please don’t call yourself Tesla anymore. You’re last 3 albums have progressively gotten worse. At least ‘Forever More’ had a few good ones. This is pop rock.
  • ShockR
    5 stars
    Tesla still has it!. Tesla has been my favorite band since 1987. I saw them for the third time this year at the Paegent in St Louis (they rocked that place, by the way). That’s when I heard that this album was coming out. As Tesla ALWAYS does, this whole album is a fantastic combination of raspy vocals, outstanding guitars and over-the-top backbeat! My favorites on this album are: Shock, Afterlife, and Comfort Zone. However, no song stands out like songs from previous albums: Modern Day Cowboy, Little Susie, Love Song, Signs, What You Give, and so on. Still, I loved this entire album and will stay Tesla’s biggest fan!
  • Usachatnow.com
    5 stars
    Love it. Can’t believe the comments, this sound is so good. It’s like Tesla upgraded!!!
  • AZ308GTS
    5 stars
    It's a Keeper. First off..it's Tesla. A mix of rocking leads,mellow acoustics, some corny lyrics and different styles. I like how everyone on the band has had their influence on this one. In my opinion the opening track is the best track on the album and could earn them some air time. Unfortunately "We can Rule the World" made it on the album. The chorus kills it. Just skip it. Everthing else has it's place and is a good listen, Give the final track two listens. The time signature works and the harmonies are old school. 3/15/2019 Ok, one week later I've upped my rating. I can hear where people might getting the Phil influence...yeh, so what. I'm liking it better with every listen. Great job guys! Thanks for keeping it honest Tesla!
  • Chinesemuchacho
    3 stars
    Wow!. Below is the original review based on hearing shock for the first time. Once the album came out, I gave it a listen about 7 or 8 times. It does grow on you, but it is clearly not Tesla and Phil Collin's influence is abundantly clear. Though I applaud them for doing something different and trying to re-invigerate themselves back into music again, I cant help but think they have lost their way with this album. Tesla has never been a pop rock harmonizing band like Leppard. They have always been a little crunchier, heavier and smarter with their lyrics. These sound like throw away songs that even Def Leppard would not want to do. If they labeled it under some other band, then yeah, maybe, ok, it could be decent, but under Tesla, it doesnt work. Sorta disappointing. I would rather them get Bob Rock, or Mutt Lange to come in and produce an album, maybe even bring in Danny Elfman, that would be kinda awesome. The one band from the 80s that really hasnt deviated from their style, sound and ability to create rock that seems to sound modern while still holding on to that 80s that made them famous. This is an increadible song that resonates and reverberates your speakers and your ear drums. I am excited for new material. I also got to see them live for the first time, I had always missed them in the past for one reason or another. However, seeing them when they opened for REO and Def Leppard a couple years ago was awesome. I look forward to catching them again with this album.
  • chadcubs
    4 stars
    Being Shocked is a good thing. Tesla is a great band and decided to change things up a bit. For the most part is a good to great album. It rocks in many places and if you listen carefully you will hear Tesla in the songs. Of course there is some Leppard influence on the album. The only song I could’ve done without is We Can Rule the World. It’s the only song that doesn’t fit or is out of place. Great album overall. I’ll take this any day of week over not getting any new music. I would have given it 4 and a half stars.
  • *JERSEY*
    1 stars
    Tommy.... Having been a huge fan of Tesla, so much to point of having: TESLA license plates on my car (circa, Into The Now), I have listened to the band slowly decline. Every album after, ITN, has been a disappointment, but this? This is bad and definitely is not a Tesla record. Every album after ITN has one thing in common: No Tommy Skeoch! Obviously, Tommy was a major player, when it came to that one and only Tesla sound that made them great. Now they’re putting Def Leppard wanna be music out. I feel the only person that can save this band and get them back on track is: Tommy Skeoch.
  • MrMusic1971
    2 stars
    Disbelief. This sounds like one of Def Leppard’s bad albums. Sparkle Lounge to be exact. Maybe 2 good songs that have the Tesla vibe. That Summer song is horrendous. They let Phil take control of the band.too many recorded vocals, and just plain weird. Oh well.
  • Briluke.
    5 stars
    Love it. I really enjoyed listening to this record. Great production, song writing and musicianship. I’ve been a fan since day one and love this band live! Keep rock alive, Tesla
  • DJKohliRocks
    5 stars
    Tesla - SHOCK: it’s what’s for dinner. Good god, never seen so much whining. “Oh my god, Phil did this....did that!” Please. Yes, he produced it. But TESLA also let him have fun and sing with them on the album. You guys are whining when you’re hearing half the voice of DEF LEPPARD singing. It’s not the production itself at all. It’s because we’re hearing him sing with them. At least they kept it in the family. Phil has been family for years. Read the interviews. This is TESLA and their friend making an album while on the road together. They were having a blast working together. We’ve got plenty of TESLA rock music within the tracks: SHOCK, I WANT EVERYTHING, AFTERLIFE, COMFORT ZONE, THE MISSION, TASTE LIKE, TIED TO THE TRACKS and more. They gave us a few ballads. One, track 3, I’ll admit...does have a hint of Leppard in it, but listen with an open mind. It’s still a Tesla ballad...stretched out a bit with Leppard flavor. The ballad needed a bit of sugar, so Phil added some. The rest of the album is a mix of Into The Now and Forevermore. Remember the days when we had to buy a physical album and play it beginning to end like 3/4 times before we really know the album? This is what TESLA cooked up for us. It’s what’s for dinner. Shut up and quit whining. Thank you, TESLA! I love you forevermore! ;). — Kohli Rocks Media
  • Metalsinnermaster
    2 stars
    Nope. Shock is right. This ain’t Tesla. Skip it, for it overall is a stinky dung heap.
  • Coach Lonster XVIII
    4 stars
    Times Making Changes. Tesla began as a hard rocking alternative to corporate pop rock bands like Poison and Warrant. Now they’ve drifted toward that weak sound they once replaced. At least they’re making new music; I give them an A for effort and the album IS growing on me. My advise to the band is next time they bring in a Def Leppard producer, let it be Vivian Campbell - that way maybe we’d get less Hysteria and a little more Holy Diver. Bring back the big guitar solos. But criticism aside, the bottom line is I’m enjoying listening to this album. I say always ignore the first several album reviews posted as they usually were done after only a minute of barely listening.
  • 8Len8
    2 stars
    Weak Production. Listened to this on iTunes after listening to the new Queensryche. Not comparing bands or songs at all, but the sound of the Tesla album sounded weak compared to the QR album. No punch to it at all.
  • 91alderN4
    5 stars
    Be thankful!. Any new "REAL Music" that actually has "real Instruments" is always welcome. When it's a great rock n roll band new release its always great! Keep em coming Tesla. Buy it and enjoy. So few great bands still rocking. Nuff said.
  • sconti65
    2 stars
    Def Leppard too!. Love Tesla, like Phil. I want Tesla to sound like Tesla not a Def Leppard clone. Obviously Phil had a very strong influence on the production. Also the same reason I stopped listen to Def Leppard after Pyromania. Not awful, just not good. Shame. Will wait for the next album.
  • BillE85308
    3 stars
    Okey-dokey. I saw someone else mention it, but this sounds like Def Leppard. The songs are good but WAY over produced. I was wondering if Mutt Lange was behind the controls.
  • monquetoe
    3 stars
    Takes Chances, If Uneven Overall. I loved Tesla from their debut through "Into the Now." Unfortunately, their last two studio efforts showed how much they dug themselves into a hole with their unflinching dedication to the blue collar 70's ethic, something that they appeared to have at least softened their stance on a little during Into The Now. But Forevermore was solid if unmemorable, and Simplicity was boring. At least here they expand their palet a bit. Phil Collen's fingerprints are all over it, from the big pop hooks, the gang style and layered choruses and the reliance on mid-tempo ballads infused with a touch Queen pomposity instead of their gut level hard rock. If anything, its sequencing and overall hodge podge of material plays like a latter day Def Leppard album. It's not an album so much as an exercise in different styles and genre's, and if any band needed to shake things up, it's Tesla. It's not on par with Mechanical Resonance or The Great Radio Controversy, but it's a far more interesting listen than Simplicty, and their most modern and adventurous since Into The Now. Not all styles fit, but it's nice to hear them step out of their comfort zone for a change. Maybe next time they'll work with a producer who helps them play to their strengths while giving them the confidence to still branch out. This is a start but far from a finished product.
  • MusicJunkie63%10
    5 stars
    Tesla rocks !!. This is refreshing ,just great n I love it from first listen !!Thank you ,Tesla !!
  • Jason#51
    4 stars
    Good stuff. I’ve been a Tesla fan since the beginning. No it’s not the original sound, but things change, we move forward in taste and style. Love it.
  • Snuggs0017
    1 stars
    Shock & awe-ful. Guys this misses the mark. Swing & a miss rock-ish pop songs with that cheesy def leppard chorus attached. Cringe worthy. No thank you. Def Lep’s Phil Collen wrote & produced this attempt & destroyed that patented Tesla sound.
  • BPatrick1969
    4 stars
    Don't buy it all. I love Tesla, top 10 bands for me of all time. This album is a bit of a throwback to the 80s production sound, yet a sound update. As Frank said, it's gonna piss some people off. There are about 5-6 songs worth having here that to me, stand up with all the rest of their library very well. The Mission, Tied to the Tracks, Tastes Like, Won't Take Me Alive, Comfort Zone...buy those individually. Don't even listen to California Summer Song, that may be the worst Tesla song I've ever heard. Buy those 5, play them multiple times, and enjoy. The production quality is better than I've heard on a Tesla record in a LONG time. If this is who Tesla is now, I'm OK with it, at least they made another record.
  • djwirth61
    2 stars
    Be Tesla, Not Def Leppard. I really wish Tesla trusted themselves and relied upon the internal chemistry they’ve always had to make their new record instead of changing to the direction of Phil Collen. This pales in comparison and to much of their other work.
  • Ibmighty
    2 stars
    Stay in your lane. Producers produce. Musicians play music. Stay in your lane Phil. I know you guys are buds and all but, this was not a well thought out venture. It sound to much like a Def Leppard album and a bad one at that. And what the heck happened to “no machines”? Though’s electronic drum tracks were horrible! This isn't the worst album I’ve ever heard (Slang) but it’s pretty darn close. Very disappointed. I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Tesla album.
  • Shred Flammer
    5 stars
    Shock!. This is a really good, classic sounding rock record, and have enjoyed listening to the blend of good music between all the tracks. The sound of the record is great, with excellent production and sonically works well. What sticks out for me is how well the songs are written, arranged, with nice melodies and background vocals. I’m always a fan of good guitar riffs that are simple, with solid drum sound, well sung vocals, and allowing Jeff’s vocals to breathe. Certainly Phil Collen had major influence with this formula, and it works really well for Tesla. The highlights for me are Taste Like, just a real classic sounding rock song with a cool chorus and shouty vocals. Shock is another great song with a solid groove, the chorus is great when Jeff’s vocals transitions into a higher octave. California Summer Song just sounds like a radio friendly track, just a cool summer track. The Mission just rocks, and its classic sounding Tesla, as well as Tied to the Tracks. Afterlife has a good feel to it. You Won’t Take Me Alive has solid drive to the song. I’m just really impressed with the overall result of this record. I have been a fan of Tesla since the beginning, and to me the work that was put into this record and the final product result elevates Tesla to the next level. Great job and well done!
  • APJY
    1 stars
    Bummer. They have taken the same path as Def Leppard and Bon Jovi and are mired in adult contemporary music. Phil Collen learned from the Mutt Lange school of music producing. This is a huge letdown for me. Two songs are decent, the rest...belongs on an easy listening station. Imma pass on this one.
  • Saint Lewis Band
    5 stars
    What on EARTH happened?. I honestly haven't enjoyed a Tesla release since The Great Radio Controversy, but man... this is a gem! Shocked!
  • damage done
    1 stars
    No Bueno. I love Tesla. I like Phil Collen from Def Leppard. However, this is an adult contemporary album from Tesla. Collen’s production on this album is too slick. Tesla is 2 guitars, bass, drums, and Jeff Keith. Raw and loud. This collaboration just doesn’t work. I was excited for this album but it is disappointing. Sorry!
  • x-ray delta one
    3 stars
    Good for a Def Leppard record. It's actually a decent record but this is Tesla, not Def Leppard. I swear I think theres a drum machine on there. Strings? wha... I know they're buds with Collen but this is too much. Tesla didn't need the "Mutt Lange touch". I'll keep listening hoping I turn around on it but I feel like I'm going top be waiting another 5 years for a new Tesla record cause this aint it.
  • oppyrocker
    5 stars
    (Still) A Great Rock Band. I'm "shocked" that these guys can continue to create such great music. Great album here with numerous hard rocking tunes and several melodic, thoughtful, emotional ballads. Classic Tesla. If there is a better rock band around today, I haven't heard them.
  • Imperial Drag
    3 stars
    Definite Def Lep Vibe. It's Tesla...and I love the lead single Shock, but too much of the rest of the album utilizes the Def Leppard chorus/harmonies, so it scues the sound. It's Tesla-Lite....it's the Diet Coke of Hard Rock.... just 1 calorie...just not hard enough. It's like if Hanson and Nelson had a 80s metal band baby.
  • Valentineomine
    5 stars
    Teslover. This band rocks like no other and their music is my soul’s vibe! Gettin better every day...yeah! ✌🏼❤️
  • KISSrocks79
    2 stars
    Def Tesla?. I have to agree with most of the other reviewers. It has too much Leppard sounding material. Even Simplicity had a gritty rock sound but now they gone too main stream with Phil Collin behind the board. Maybe they’ll go back to the good old stuff next time!!!
  • bjovi
    5 stars
    Tesla is still relevant. Most bands from the 80s /early 90s hair band era have forgotten how to write a decent song. Not Tesla, and you can definitely hear the Phil Collen influence. Tesla is still one of the most underrated bands on the planet. Taste Like and The Mission are my favorites on this album.
  • KPMatt1
    1 stars
    Def Leppard cover band?. *Revised down after listening to the whole cd. As soon as I heard Phil Collin was producing this I had a bad feeling. Sure enough the first single sounds like a Def Leppard throw away track. The second single, “Taste Like” is only slightly better. *The whole cd is bubblegum pop.
  • MBuquet
    5 stars
    Bucket. The melody is back, the band did it right this time. Reminds me of the older stuff. Great again!!!!
  • CapFan13
    3 stars
    Def Tesla?. I've have been a die Hard Tesla fan from day 1, and have loved every single cd they have put out. I'm also a huge Def Leppard fan as well. Which makes this review a little painfull. While I'm a huge fan of both bands, I also like that they both have 2 distict different sounds...until now that is. While this is a decent cd, its not that hard edged Tesla sound, its 100% the polished DL sound which is kinda hard to swallow. The Title track Shock, is a good song, but its a great example of the DL sound, by using the electronic drum sound. I dont hate this CD, just a little disappointed that I'm not listening to the classic Tesla sound.
  • Really Tesla?
    1 stars
    Really?. Tesla should be ashamed. This album SUUUUCKS!!!!
  • poolbird25
    5 stars
    new album. the album is great best song shock rest is asit can be in years i have been listing to the band since early years
  • CD Head
    2 stars
    Just bad!. Sounds like a Def Leppard throwaway album. We can Rule the World may be the worst Tesla song I’ve ever heard in my life. Tied to the Tracks, is an ok song. Where is Solution, Lady luck, Into the Now, Hang Tough,????? For those of you that have been Tesla fans since the beginning, they did use machines!
  • Probably 2 maybe 3 songs. Why work with Colen? Anyone listen to the material this guys released over the past 20 years? Anything new people say is great. This is awful except for a few songs. Sad as these guys are the last standing hard rock band. Can’t believe Hannon would have enjoyed this song writing experience
  • TesLeppard. I only give it one star because I have to give it a rating. This sounds nothing like their classic Mechanical Resonance, or the Great Radio Controversy. It sounds like the Def Leppard album Slang and even that had better songs than this trainwreck!
  • Katsudog
    4 stars
    Def Leppard??. While this is a very good album , it is a bit odd. It sounds exactly like a Def Leppard disc. Everything from the vocal lines to the melodies sounds exactly like Joe Elliot and the boys . It is a bit strange .
  • eatright
    5 stars
    Shock & Roll. Shock rocks, it has great writing, production and depth. Tesla and Phil Collen went deep on this one. You won’t find anything out there like this anymore. Rock isn’t dead, it’s just called Tesla now.

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