2/2/2004 - Review by: Frank HillBeautiful Creatures 2001 - Reviewed by Nailer
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
12/19/2003 - Review by: Anthony BurkeBeautiful Creatures 2001 - Reviewed by IcedMojo
Hitting the scene in 1999 (but not without sacrifices), getting signed by Warner Brothers immediately, having a song on two major soundtracks (Valentine featured "1 A.M." and Rollerball featured "Ride"), and releasing a perfect debut album all in a little under a year, you would think these guys should be living it up? Not exactly. Losing lead guitarist DJ Ashba, (later replaced by Alex Grossi) and drummer Glen Sobel (replaced by Matt Starr) only started a trend of shitty luck for them. They left Warner Brothers (they say they did it but there are far too many stories to know the real story, but since this is BC review, we'll use their statement which was that WBM was not what they expected so they left), and the Beautiful Creatures legacy had died as fast as it started. Right, as if that would happen so easily. The group got a new label (JVC Records out of Japan), a new lineup where needed, and a new album titled "Deuce" which as far as I know, has no release date set. I can hope it is as good as their debut, and doesn't have the sophomore jinx that many bands are faced with.
Back to the debut and the sound that has me calling this one of the greatest hard rock albums in a time when we have this crap that people try to call music (Korn, Staind, new Metallica, Puddle Of Mudd, and many more). Everyone knows Motley Crue. Picture the bad ass Crue of the 80's and early 90's without all the hairspray and lipstick or tight clothes, Alice In Chains before they went soft and Ozzy Osbourne (just to mention a few) as influences for the BC sound. I would have to say that this is the tightest music sound I remember from a nonmetal group. Great Lyrics, hard rock riffs, melody, and overall tone of this CD is as close to heaven as one can get. Any group that can have one of the most soft spoken ballads (Wish) that can still kick your ass at the same time has to be worth checking out.
If you want a hard rock change of pace, and you do not own this CD, just slap the shit out of yourself and then GET IT!
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