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5.0 out of 5 stars
unbelievable!!, 11 Oct 2004
Skid Row's second album has a lot to live up to in order to match the bands debut effort, however this album almost suceeds in doing it. This album is heavier then 'skid row' but it still manages to be quite melodic at the same time (possibly one of the reasons why it is so good).
The album is a mixture of haevy rock and some increbible power ballads. Singer Sebastian Bach has the best voice in the whole of rock and this is well demonstrated on this album, in reality even though bassist and guitarist Rachel Bolan and Scotti Hill write most of the lyrics, it is Bach who really brings the songs alive. His ability to make the hair on the 'bach' (sorry could'nt resist) of your neck rise on certain songs is something which is very difficult to find. You can see how Bach made the band what it was through listening to the album 'thickskin' (after he had left the band), the great lyrics are there but the band is just a shadow of it's former self.
The album itself is let down by a couple of poor tracks:-
Get the f**k out: is quite imature and doesn't really fit in with other songs on the album.
Physco love:- Don't really know what it is about this song but i just don't like it. It is quite a good song but is nothing compared to what the band can do. (Sounds more suited on thier third album 'subhuman race')
Apart from these the rest of the tracks are awesome. Slave to the grind, in a darkend room,livin on a chain gang and the threat are the best tracks. The part in 'The Threat' where the music stops and Seb screams 'to make me smile pretty for the wrecking ball' is unreal (listen to it you'll know what i mean.
Overall this album is unmissable for anyone who likes thier first album or 80's metal in general. It is also good for those who just like hard rock. Skid row were an incredibly underated band and were one of the best bands from the era (behind guns and roses and possibly Motley Crue).