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5.0 out of 5 stars On a par with Appetite for Destruction, no, seriously...,
Anyone missing old-school Guns N' Roses needs to hear this LP. I did and it blew me away, it's rare you hear a rock record and get the impression that the band actually believe their own lyrics & live the life they sing about, in fact the last time I did was Appetite for Destruction. This album is the only cd I've ever heard which can match it and I do not know how these guys aren't as big as any of the rock bands ruling the music scene today. They've not had one weak album so far but this is by far the best of them all. Full of attitude and sleaze but not sounding out of date and irrelevant.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore punk, Scandinavian style,
This review is from: Total 13 Plus 1 (Audio CD)
This album, following on from the band's earlier effort, Diesel and the power, has helped catapult them into the limelight they deserve. Far less cheezy, and more distictive than the first album, Total 13 adds a power and energy to the bands sound. Songs like Make me Madman, and Highlights are instant hits and others such as 8-balled and UFO Romeo are also superb. In fact few of the songs are bad, making for a truely classic album. Similar to the Supersuckers in many ways, yet more punchy and energised, this album has perhaps not yet gained the recognition it deserves. However still a work of immense talent and innovation. 5 stars by anybody's standards.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock 'n' Roll with a generous helping of sleaze,
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Backyard Babies are the future of Rock. As more and more people get fed up with boring grunge wannabes, any band with some energy seems amazing. The 'Babies have energy in abundance, backed up by some killer songs, and a live show the envy of much bigger bands. They may have an image in the press, but they have substance to back it up.
Total 13 is their breakthrough album, and every self-respecting rock fan should get a copy - they take the best bits of the NY Dolls, The Stooges, Ramones and more, blend them together and out jump classics such as 'UFO Romeo', 'Ghetto You', and 'Highlights'.
5.0 out of 5 stars A short sharp shock of an album,
Probably the only band today which keeps the spirit of rock alive and this album shows other bands how it should be done. No ballads, no filler just 13 fast rock songs which combine the best elements of some of the great acts of the last 20 years. Any self repecting rock fan should own this already but if not it's about time you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Total 13,
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This review is from: Total 13 [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Total 13 is one of the best Backyard Babies' albums. The vinyl is very nice and it has very high quality!
5.0 out of 5 stars Most under-rated rock album of the last two decades,
Back in 1998 if you looked who ruled the rock scene you'd see the angry Korn, the trendy Limp Bizkit and the pop-ish Feeder... Backyard Babies were everything those bands were not. They brought a type of rock music which had been long declared dead - not because people didn't like it anymore, but because no bands had been able to pull it of convincingly for over ten years.
Without any doubt, Total 13 is one of the most under-rated albums of the past two decades.
Whilst listening to this album, the best way to describe it is to say that it's the first time I have felt this way about rock music since Guns N' Roses debut album Appetite For Destruction. Ever wonder what GN'R would have sounded like if they had stuck to the Appetite For Destruction attitude and not veared off into the experimental directions of Use Your Illusion and Chinese Democracy? Listen to this and you'll get some idea. It's THAT good - furthermore GN'R knew it, asking this band to tour with them.
Backyard Babies are a frightningly accomplished sleazy rock band who have not released a bad album to date and this is their finest of a great bunch. Whilst listening to the aggressive starter Made Me Madman you could be forgiven for thinking they've done the usual trick bands do by putting their best tune out front to lead you into their album, however you'll be shocked to realize this standard actually continues throughout the LP, the first track merely sets the tone for a wholloping album packed with songs which other rock bands could not write. The frustration in tracks like Get Dead, Let's Go To Hell... the angst driven Ghetto You and the pure rock of Robber Of Life and Bombed leave the listener knowing full well that they have just heard something they are going to spend the next few years searching for something to surpass it.
Backyard Babies are a band who truly sound like they actually live the lifestyle they speak of in their songs and they fully deserve to be cruising the Strip as accomplished rockers. But they're not. There's something odd about the fact that Backyard Babies have never made it 'big', something which almost serves to make them even more cool in rock circles. Like they're still "ours" and haven't been adopted by the masses.
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