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Lipstick Magazine
Lipstick Magazine-Live in New York

Company: Indy
Release: 2007
Reviewer: Strutter
Rating
4.5

  • Keep them on your list of shooting ranges of firearm rock and roll



  • Certainly, the best thing to come out of Garden State since Atlantic City and the Sugarhill Gang, is the sound and stage attack known as Lipstick Magazine. Their debut cd Live From New York, is a cartridge holder of power packed tunes and soulful melodies. Track 2 "All I Want" is their best gripper and six tracks later youíre still in the line of fire. Comparisons? Lead Singer, Toni sounds a bit like Maria McKee after a long tour with the Scorpions-a melodious tone with a hard rock delivery.

    For those that miss the days of MSG or DeGarmo-esque solos, youíll find comfort in the guitar work of Damon Marks and Nat Gardiner. Their sound is a whiskey-smooth, velvety, dual slinger journey that moves past tablature and recalls 80ís metal guitar Gods in their glory. Keyboardist David Loyas channels a bit of Jim Steinman in "All I Want" and adds an edge to the bandís sound. Marc Rabin on Bass and Russell K on drums are in the pocket together albeit a bit buried in the mix of a live recording.

    Other notable tracks include "Love Games", "Out of Control" and "Something You Should Know".

    Overall, Lipstick Magazine has the ammunition for several rounds to come. Keep them on your list of shooting ranges of firearm rock and roll.


    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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