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Band
Motley Crue
Title
Saints of Los Angeles
Type
LP/EP
Company
Eleven Seven
YOR
2008
Style
Hard Rock
9/29/2011 - Review by: Chris Kincaid

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.


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      3.5 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: MOTLEY CRUE
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Carnival Of Sins
    2005
    CC Entertainment
    Ken Pierce12/12/2005
    -
    Red, White and Crue
    2005
    Hip-O
    Ken Pierce2/17/2005
    -
    Red, White and Crue
    2005
    Hip-O
    Psycho Sarah2/10/2005
    -
    Saints of Los Angeles
    2008
    Eleven Seven
    Chris Kincaid9/29/2011
    3.5

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