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  • Of course the group Tesla is perhaps my all time favorite rock group and the album happens to be their first studio recording in ten years, an album entitled Into the Now. So what do we have here? Yes, it’s the old Tesla sound from fifteen years ago and it sounds wonderful. In my previous review of Tesla’s classic 1989 recording The Great Radio Controversy I stated that Tesla “was basically Pop-metal sort of a cross between Guns and Roses and Tom Petty. Tesla also benefited from the very unusual sound of vocalist Jeff Keith. His voice was gravely and high pitched and couldn’t have fit the music better.” I still think this is an appropriate description, so I’ll stick with it. So is it a good album? You bet, Tesla should never have disappeared. They were mistakenly considered a Hair Band and faded with the advent of Grunge, but their new music sounds both the same as fifteen years ago and current. At least to me, a testament that they should have always have been here. But is it a great album? Well here’s the rub. It’s no Great Radio Controversy but hardly anything is. Into the Now is a prototypical, Tesla album, heavy, melodic, focused, and understated. Songs like “Into the Now”, “What @ Shame”, “Come to Me”, “Recognize” and “Miles Away” are some of the best they have done and I like “Heaven Nine Eleven” as good as anything they have done. I guess I might say that Into the Now is almost but not quite a great album My conclusion is succinct. If you are not familiar with Tesla you might want to check them out. After all they were one of the bigger bands in the late eighties and early nineties and in fact were considered by many, the musicians band. What do I mean by that? They were the band that many musicians said they listened to and enjoyed. To you who are familiar with Tesla, although this is not what I would call an essential album, there is some great material that makes this a very worthwhile acquisition. Similar Artists Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Guns and Roses, Great White Aerosmith, Rolling Stones

    Posted on February 13, 2010