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Motley Crue
Saints of Los Angeles

Company: Eleven Seven Music
Release: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Chris Kincaid

  • Like the Crue it holds it's own



  • Saints of Los Angeles does the same thing that "Generation Swine" did. It comes off sounding overproduced, synthetic and different.

    But different doesn't have to be a bad word.

    It'd be too easy to stick to the tried and true for these guys. Nikki is a great song writer and knows what their fans expect from them but he's an artist first and foremost who wants to explore his wide range of musical tastes. It can be heard on 'Face Down in The Dirt' as well as 'Welcome to the Machine' and 'Going Out Swingin'--three songs with a pitch perfect guitar driven charge but underlined with undertones of punk rebellion reminiscent of Crue's debut decades ago.

    Or the melded Metal/Industrial pounce on tracks like 'Mutherfucker of the Year' or 'Just Another Psycho'. And on songs like 'This Ain't A Love Song' 'What's it Gonna Take To Make It' and 'The Animal in Me' have a slightly alternative sounding draw. Sure it comes with a modern touch but instead of dominating the album it's blended nicely with the Crue's gritty, often sleazy, Hard Rock punch. If you're a Rock purist that longs for the old days of the Crue the closest you'll come is on songs like 'Down At The Whisky' the title track 'Saints of Los Angeles' and 'Chicks = Trouble'. They instigate a warm and fuzzy feeling in which Crue return to form.

    In fact, the only thing missing is that addictive melody so common place in their music before 1991.

    Also worth mentioning for those that can't get enough Crue is the fact there are 2 versions of S.O.L.A. One strictly a CD the other comes with a DVD loaded with interviews, concert footage and music videos.

    Now in their 50s the Crue's S.O.L.A is a reflection of their almost 30 years in the music business where their struggles often took center stage in their lives. Will it stand up against classics like "Girls Girls Girls" or "Dr.Feelgood"? That's simply a question of time and taste. But like the Crue it holds it's own.


    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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