Tales From The Strip
9/16/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
L.A. Guns - Tales From The Strip - 2005 - Shrapnel Records
The band pretty much put out THE comeback album in 2002 with "Waking The Dead", a phenomenal blockbuster rock album that rumbled and tumbled into my headset just about every week for about 65 weeks in a row (if I'm lying I'm dying). With that release gaining absolutely no press whatsoever, I just about put my final nail in the 'Guns coffin. But that digging has started yet, with plenty of rock never stops attitude brewing from this tap. Yes, Phil Lewis and the boys are back in business, rolling through fourteen cuts of fine tuned hard rock sleaze with "Tales From The Strip". This is the goods ladies and gentlemen. Right here, right now, L.A. Guns stepping up in a big way with this mammoth rock and roll slab, a mighty middle finger lifted high to the suits and ties that demand good sleaze rock die, die, die.
The lineup is pretty much intact other than the disappearance once again of famed guitarist Traci Guns. His replacement is ex-Pretty Boy Floyd henchman Stacey Blades, who cranks up the amps to deliver some excellent chops and hooks, all done in that down 'n dirty blues style made famous by the band to begin with. Long term fans of the group will find plenty to like about "Hollywood's Burning", "Shame", and "Gypsy Soul". The group offer up two delightful ballads here, one being the catchy "Electric Neon Sunset" and the other being the soul stirring, introspective piece "Vampire". Those of you looking for more punk flavored dishes will enjoy the frantic "Crazy Motorcycle" as well as the street grime of "Rox Baby Girl". My personal favorites are the new wave flavor of "Original Sin", the fully charged "Resurrection", and the perfect trashy opener "It Don't Mean Nothing".
Bottom Line - "Tales From The Strip" is a rousing, fired up frenzy that is fun and enjoyable from beginning to end. This band never ceases to amaze me and once again they have delivered the BEST rock album of 2005!
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