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Hard Rock - Released January 1, 1986 | Portrait - Epic - Legacy

One of the most glorious launches in history, the title track for the thrice-platinum The Final Countdown is so bombastically brilliant, such glorious garbage, that this nuclear hair assault could only spew from the vacuous '80s. But the full-tilt follow-up "Rock the Night" rules also: "You know it ain't easy/Running out of thrills." "Carrie" comes off a consummate butane ballad. Meanwhile, the rest of the disc packs so much power that Swedish superheroes Europe get away with all the processed pretension. In fact, the lofty ambition of "Danger on the Track," "Ninja," and "Cherokee" (each as tasty as its title) combines with heated drive and hot delivery to meld The Final Countdown into a unique portrait of propulsive prog and a worthy addition to any hard rock collection. This is the story; this is the legend told by Teutonic guitars and predictable keyboards ringing pure and hurtling through each and every convention perfectly. The quintet's big-boy Epic inaugural, The Final Countdown deftly combines the Valhalla victory of Europe's heroic debut with the American poodle pomposity that devoured the band. You could live without The Final Countdown, but why? © Doug Stone /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released June 11, 2009 | Legacy Recordings

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Pop/Rock - Released January 21, 1998 | Epic - Legacy

Super Hits is a budget-priced ten-track collection that features Europe's two biggest hits, "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie," but neglects the lesser-known "Rock the Night" and "Superstitious" in favor of a selection of album tracks and failed singles. That said, casual fans who just want the two big hits on one disc may be satisfied with this collection. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 20, 2017 | Hell & Back Recordings

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Following 2015's War of Kings, Swedish rock veterans Europe release their 11th studio album Walk the Earth. The record was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Dolly Parton) at London's Abbey Road Studios. The band released the title track as a lead single prior to the album's release. © Bekki Bemrose /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 18, 2013 | earMUSIC

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Pop/Rock - Released January 1, 1986 | Epic

One of the most glorious launches in history, the title track for the thrice-platinum The Final Countdown is so bombastically brilliant, such glorious garbage, that this nuclear hair assault could only spew from the vacuous '80s. But the full-tilt follow-up "Rock the Night" rules also: "You know it ain't easy/Running out of thrills." "Carrie" comes off a consummate butane ballad. Meanwhile, the rest of the disc packs so much power that Swedish superheroes Europe get away with all the processed pretension. In fact, the lofty ambition of "Danger on the Track," "Ninja," and "Cherokee" (each as tasty as its title) combines with heated drive and hot delivery to meld The Final Countdown into a unique portrait of propulsive prog and a worthy addition to any hard rock collection. This is the story; this is the legend told by Teutonic guitars and predictable keyboards ringing pure and hurtling through each and every convention perfectly. The quintet's big-boy Epic inaugural, The Final Countdown deftly combines the Valhalla victory of Europe's heroic debut with the American poodle pomposity that devoured the band. You could live without The Final Countdown, but why? © Doug Stone /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released September 26, 1995 | Epic

1982-1992 is a 17-track compilation that contains all of Europe's greatest hits ("The Final Countdown," "Carrie," "Rock the Night," "Cherokee," "Superstitious"), plus several album tracks and a pair of rarities, the single edit of "Prisoners in Paradise" and the acoustic version of "I'll Cry for You." While this is certainly the way to go for most fans -- only diehards need the original studio albums, which are rather spotty -- it may be a bit too much for some casual fans, since much of the material not released as singles simply isn't as strong or catchy as the hits. [This compilation was reissued in 2000 with the updated title 1982-2000 and an added track, "The Final Countdown 2000."] © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released January 1, 1988 | Epic

One look at the song titles and you know you're not in for any surprises ("Open Your Heart," "More Than Meets the Eye," "Ready or Not," "Never Say Die"). Still, Europe produces made-to-order lite metal with admirable craftsmanship and occasionally memorable hooks. "Superstitious" even has a disarming gospel quality. This is hard rock with all the edges sanded off. Capable lead singer Joey Tempest carries the tunes with nonthreatening panache, while Kee Marcello (who proved his virtuosity on Europe's previous by performing "Flight of the Bumblebee") provides plenty of nice guitar solos. © Andy Hinds /TiVo
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Metal - Released July 21, 2017 | Hell & Back Recordings

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Pop/Rock - Released January 1, 1984 | Epic

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Pop/Rock - Released August 31, 1991 | Epic

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Rock - Released March 2, 2015 | UDR

The tenth album from the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal heroes best remembered for their 1986 global hair metal smash hit "The Final Countdown," this follow-up to 2012's Bag of Bones was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons). A heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair, War of Kings is strongly inspired by Europe's childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. The title track single is included. © John D. Buchanan /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released July 29, 1996 | Epic

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Rock - Released September 18, 2009 | earMUSIC

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Pop/Rock - Released April 5, 1993 | Epic

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Rock - Released November 27, 2015 | UDR

The tenth album from the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal heroes best remembered for their 1986 global hair metal smash hit "The Final Countdown," this follow-up to 2012's Bag of Bones was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons). A heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair, War of Kings is strongly inspired by Europe's childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. The title track single is included. © John D. Buchanan /TiVo
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Rock - Released March 2, 2015 | UDR

The tenth album from the Swedish hard rock/heavy metal heroes best remembered for their 1986 global hair metal smash hit "The Final Countdown," this follow-up to 2012's Bag of Bones was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons). A heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair, War of Kings is strongly inspired by Europe's childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. The title track single is included. © John D. Buchanan /TiVo
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Rock - Released April 30, 2012 | earMUSIC

The ninth studio album from the Swedish metal veterans finds Europe singing the blues. Big, beefy, melodic, and bristling with '70s riffage and croaking Hammond B-3 swells, Bag of Bones, which follows 2009's more opulent Last Look at Eden, revels in hard rock clichés, but does so with enough energy and attitude to warrant more than a cursory listen. The Led Zeppelin aping, as has been the case in the years since they achieved stadium rock sainthood with "The Final Countdown," is still in full effect, especially on the summery "That's the Way"/"Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"-inspired "Drink and a Smile," but at least they've got it down to a science. Caught somewhere between Badmotorfinger-era Soundgarden, early Deep Purple, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bag of Bones offers up some gems in the blistering Euro debt crisis opener "Riches to Rags," the neo-prog-pop of "Firebox," and the Bad Company-meets-Cinderella balladry of the moody title cut. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released April 17, 1997 | Epic

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Pop/Rock - Released November 20, 2009 | Sony Music Entertainment