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Poetic Justice

Lillian Axe Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mfn
  • ASIN: B0000071LN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Later Edition

1. Poetic Justice
2. Innocence
3. True Believer
4. Body Double
5. See You Someday
6. Living In The Grey
7. Digital Dreams
8. Dyin' To Live
9. Mercy
10. The Promised Land
11. No Matter What
12. She's My Salvation
13. A Moment Of Reflection

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great melodic rock album. 23 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
I saw Lillian Axe live on this tour up in Birmingham, more by accident than design, as a mate of mine was playing in the support band (Lionsheart). However, I was already a fan of them, having previously bought "Love and War", and they did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, this has to be the worst album cover of all time, which is a shame, as the music is pretty damn good from start to finish. The songs are well thought out, even the guitar solos, with great melodies and harmonies over some fantastic musicianship from the whole band. The trademark Steve Blaze guitar sound, coupled with Ron's great vocals and a very "together" rhythm section make this one of my favourite albums still!!

This is great straight forward melodic rock at it's (almost) very best. If you like the Def Leppard's and Motley Crue's etc of this world, then this is definitely worth exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get your hands on this one...you won't regret it 15 Aug 2006
By D. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll never understand how this band went unnoticed. Talent like this deserved a whole lot better than they got. Poetic Justice is incredible!

Where to begin. The songwriting is superb, light years ahead of many of the other bands that were popular in the late 80's/early 90's. The songs range from soulful ballads to light-hearted melodic rock to straight up rockers. The lyrics are meaningful but not sappy or over-the-top. Lots of great harmonies in the vocals. Tight guitars, great drumming that supports the bass, rythm, and vocals without overpowering them. Just all-around great musicianship.

My favorite tracks are True Believer, Body Double, Mercy, and She's My Salvation, but honestly, every track is the best track. And the songs are not dated at all. They still sound relevant today.

It's a crime this band wasn't the biggest band of the century. We gave up this music for gangsters, thugs, criminals, pimps, and lame emo/screamo pussies whining about what victims they are. Pathetic!

If you like melodic rock/metal and great songwriting you will absolutely love this one. Get it without delay!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best axe album 23 Feb 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was very impressed with this album all those years ago when it came out, and I still find myself listening to it today. A little more thoughtful than their previous releases, with more classical flair. One of the best hard rock albums ever! Great feeling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Lillian Axe album 26 Aug 2010
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1992's Poetic Justice is the third album from New Orleans-based melodic rockers Lillian Axe. Despite having one of the worst album covers ever (seriously, how did we go from the stunning Love and War cover to this?), Poetic Justice is another great melodic rock offering.

You listen to an album like Poetic Justice and realize just how far ahead of their peers Lillian Axe was. Sure, they were still part of the "hair metal" scene, and songs like "Body Double" played to that style, but Lillian Axe's songs tended to be more melodic, more soulful, and just more artistic than most. There was an incredible creative energy between Steve Blaze and Ron Taylor. Blaze came up with some amazing songs, and Taylor gave them heart and life.

It's not quite as amazing as Lillian Axe or Love & War, but Poetic Justice is a fantastic album from one of the absolute best, and most underrated, bands that emerged from the `80s hair metal scene. If you're a fan of `80s rock or just high quality melodic rock in general, you'll want to give Lillian Axe a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give more than 5 stars! 15 Aug 2010
By RedBlaze - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Somehow, Lillian Axe's songwriting grows with every album and this follow-up to Love and War is no exception. There are so many songs with killer riffs and leads on this album. There's also a lot of contrast and powerful transitions within songs, with many songs having lots of cranked-up riffs intertwined with acoustic guitar parts, displaying Steve Blaze's mastery of meoldic metal and classical guitar, along with his songwriting. He always does what is best for the song as his solos are songs in and of themselves. Of course, there's also great vocals and drums. The production on Ron's vocals is great here, very natural sounding, with a touch of reverb seeming to be the only noticible effect. Drums are clear, with great snap. The guitar tone is awesome, sounding like a Marshall in your room. This is yet another underrated gem.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem that has stood the test of time 17 Nov 2008
By Joeleaux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The very fact that this album went largely unnoticed is a testament to the inability of the American public to know a good thing when it's staring them right in the face. This well-crafted work of art contains nary a song that even remotely resembles what could be construed as "filler."

The album opens with "Poetic Justice", an instrumental precursor to what awaits you. Soft, lush and mesmerizing ... Blaze shows the very diversity of his musical prowess in this 39 second-long invocation. "Innocence" roars to life with a barrage of Blaze's unmistakable style of guitar stylings, only to be followed by Ron Taylor's velvety pipes. OUTSTANDING.

"True Believer" ... what more can be said about a true classic? This testament to faith - in relation to the supernatural, as well as the belief in one's relationships - moves supernatural mountains. "Body Double" is the rare naughty song in Lillian's catalog ... i hear Ron Taylor's influence on this one - a song about a sordid affair with apparently double-jointed twins. (sigh..)

Prepare yourself for the life altering affects of "See you someday" ... this sweltering mix of keys and guitar culminate into an emotional roller coaster. This song sings of the regrets, the triumphs and, dare i say the need to go back to those we have lost in our lives. "Will you ever know what i wanted to say? Maybe you'll find a way, and i'll see you someday ..." Steve, you got me through the death of so many close ones with this one. God bless you for your gift.

"Living in the Grey" - to me - sings of a time of year that, with its arrival each year, brings a melancholy sense of "what was." For me, it's the cold chill of November that coincides with the death of a very special girl ... and for that (blessedly) short, cold season i live in the grey.

"Digital Dreams" is another eerie, ethereal instrumental. The perfect precursor to "Dyin' to live", which i interpret as wishing for the ability to share one's sense of hope with a loved one who feels hopelessness. "Mercy" continues with the theme of Faith. i hear Steve's frustrations with God, Faith and those who use that faith when it's convenient - while it tells of a God who loves unconditionally. Breathtakingly simple, yet the concept still blows me away.

"The Promised Land" opens with the night prayer we often recited as children, and speaks of the hope of that reunion with those we love who have gone before us. The solo on this one is beauty and anguish lulled into submission by Blaze. Amazing!

"No Matter What" is a remake of an old Badfinger tune, and the Axe does an inspired tribute to the orignal. Taylor's handling of vocals is flawless, and the vamped up tempo is something i always thought this song needed. It's always great to hear a band take a song and truly make it their own. Lillian Axe certainly did it with this tune!

"She's my Salvation" is a story of making that which we love our saving grace. John Ster's voice booms as he speaks "Find salvation in something or someone and make that your sanctuary. Unless you do this, you're lost." Freaking fantastic!

"A moment of reflection" closes the album out with lush, sweeping melodies of synth and guitars. A fitting closing to a phenomenal album.

A phenomenal effort, i wholeheartedly give this one 5 stars!!!
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