I've taken a long time before writting this review to give this album a chance to grow on me, but to be honest I keep coming back to the same feeling. This albums okay. It's a strong rock album, but definately not a 5 stars Motley Crue album.
Don't get me wrong, the band are ripping, and sounding very tight and fresh, and the songs themselves are on the whole a good bunch of songs. However, they generally weren't written by the Crue (Nikki and his AM friends)and subsequently they are a bunch of songs that could have been recorded by a number of bands and still sounded good (Sixx Am included). The point is, the Crue were always better than good. In the Crue version of rock there was always a little blues, a little rock n roll, a little pop and and a little punk, and as a result they always stood above their peers. Whilst Nikki has always been the principle songwriter, the others always chipped in with the songwriting and the songs sounded a little more honest and true, even on Generation Swine. Unfortunately that "gang" attitude they have tried to re-create on this album is actually the one natural ingredient missing.
Hopefully 2011 will bring a new album...and hopefully a true Crue album at that