- Audio CD (21 Mar. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B0006ZSXP8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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There are three remarkable issues that the release of Devil's Playground raises. The first is that, as this is Billy Idol's first album in over a decade, there's the implication that the world's original cuddly punk popster was releasing albums well into the 1990s (who knew?). The second is that Billy Idol, as the aforementioned cuddly punk popster, actually had a lot more in common with 80s American poodle rockers like Bon Jovi and Motley Crue than anything to do with the UK's punk scene. The third (and arguably most important) is that Mr Idol has quite a mischievous sense of humour--the lyrics for "Plastic Jesus" and "Yellin' at the Christmas Tree" are genuinely funny, and not in an ironic, so bad they're good, way. And though he looks a bit worse for wear on the album's sleeve, and though his voice has changed greatly in the years since his 1980s heyday, Devil's Playground is a rather entertaining rock album. "World Comin' Down" is a proper, jump-around-the-room rocker, while "Scream" has as much swagger as anything he's ever done. And it's a pace and standard that's kept up for most of Devil's Playground. Much of the album's success is down to the licks of guitarist Steve Stevens--Idol's long-time partner sounds better than ever on this reunion album, and this could be the start of many mutually fruitful collaborations. Those who still love Billy Idol will probably argue that he's always sounded like this, but for those of us who best remember his 80s hits, Devil's Playground is a rock & roll revelation. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
Then on the second & subsequent listens I started to realise just how good this Album is, with typical Billy songs plus some really good humour (Plastic Jesus & Yelling...) Great to have ya back, especially with Steve (who I still reckon is only at 6/10 of his vast capabilities).
I can really recommend this!
(i know shocking) and i had a look at these on youtube and i would not rest until i had this cd (i got it in mere hours)
the NEW SONGS you have to listen to are
lady do or die,
as for the others they are all good but these are the stars
also listen to the song john wayne which is found on the new greatest hits
A worthy return from Billy and Steve.
I bought the DVD 'Super Overdrive' - a live concert recording with a mix of old (classic)material and the new stuff - the new stuff held its own - so I bought the CD on spec and I'm very glad I did so.
WARNING: I've got a brilliant CD Player that digs the music out of the digital pits - so if this doesn't sound good on your player - upgrade.
Super Overdrive - something like offspring would do (6/10)
World Comin' Down - same as above (6/10)
Rat Race - reasonable (7/10)
Sherri - lovely stuff; return to form (9/10)
Plastic Jesus - depends on your mood (7/10)
Scream - a good and rocky note (9/10)
Yellin' At The Xmas Tree - gets better with every listen (7/10)
Romeo's Waiting - decent - (7/10)
Body Snatcher - good - (8/10)
Evil Eye - good - (8/10)
Lady Do or Die - Johnny Cash tribute (10/10)
Cherie - Typical Idol (Dylanesque) (10/10)
Summer Running - Nice song - (8/10)
Fairly iffy beginning especially at first listen, but the best songs are towards the end. Early tracks aside, its pretty much vintage idol.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually brought this elsewhere (sorry Amazon) I rather liked this album but it has a very different sound than previous albums, defiinetly has a more modern sound (well for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cereal Punk Austen
A great album with a nice raw and punchy production. It would have got 5 stars if it wasn't for that AWFUL Christmas song.Published 13 months ago by D. Calvert
This was his 50th birthday album, it's a good laugh, great to listen too and I went to see him at the Download festival a couple of years back.Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by ATM