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Beautiful Creatures 2001 - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
1. 1 A.M.
2. Wasted
3. Step Back
4. Ride
5. Wish
6. Kick Out
7. Blacklist
8. Kickin For Days
9. Time And Time Again
10. Goin Off
11. New Orleans
12. I Got It All
How was this one overlooked by the buying public in 2001? Something is fundamentally wrong with the industry when a hard rock CD this good goes so unnoticed and Aerosmith is all over the airwaves with songs like "Pink".

I have to try and brainstorm a bit on what could've happened:
--Lack of label support.
--The band name and image threw people off.
--A general consensus existed that L.A. hard rock died in the 80's.
--The dominance of Nu metal bands left this one floundering in a different market.

Singer Joe Leste is mid-range with that slight touch of rasp you'd expect from hard rock. Guitars are pretty much chord-based with the riffs serving as the attention getters instead of fancy leads. Drumming is kept to regular rock patterns. Song structure is primarily verse-chorus-verse, but it fits the instrumentation well.

If Beautiful Creatures would've been dropped on 1986, I think they would've sold millions. This debut is full of rebel bravado and male indecision, but without the overexcessive descriptions of the teenage issues you'd find in bands that never got past writing about high school problems. Many of the songs have catchy choruses worthy of semi-drunken sing-a-long, but they don't seem rushed. It's consistent, but I did find it losing a bit of it's steam by the second half with the lack of musical variety. Maybe their sophmore release will see them branch out. Overall it's not as reckless GnR's "Appetite for Destruction", but more macho, though less varied than Tesla's stuff.

One could write this band's debut of as typical American L.A. hard rock, but after the angst and self-loathing of grunge, I welcomed this.

Score: 7.5 of 10

--Nailer 01.28.04
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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DeuceBeautiful Creatures
2005
Eric Compton3/14/2006
S/TBeautiful Creatures
2001
Frank Hill2/2/2004
S/TBeautiful Creatures
2001
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