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5.0 out of 5 stars Millenium Sleaze? Yes, pleaze!!, 20 Nov. 2003
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Caper J (Swindon, Wiltshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
As one of the reviewers correctly stated there isn't anything under the 'sleaze' title as good as this around now.
Since their first album 'Diesel & Power' which is also a fantastic album, they set out their stall which was a dirty and gritty sound with whisky soaked vocals and loud guitars, and you could almost imagine bar-room brawls in the background. It was a mystery to me how they didn't become big off of the back of this album (I guess the small thing called grunge may have something to do with it!).
So another album and EP down the line and this album 'M.E.I.G.' shows how they have grown and been able to sustain a strong fan base by evolving into a tighter band with even better songs.
For me the stand out tracks are 'Heaven 2.9', 'Brand New Hate', 'Ex-files' & 'The Kids are...', but it is also worth taking note that if you read the other reviews most of the songs are named as people's favourites which suggests that there aren't any fillers, and that there are songs for everyone. 'Heaven 2.9' is catchy, though more classic rock'n'roll than pop. The 'slow' songs are by no means ballads and are more in the vein of Marilyn Manson's 'Dope Show' song than say a Guns'N'Roses ballad like 'November Rain', or 'Don't Cry'.
Influences do indeed come from the likes of Hanoi Rocks, The New York Dolls and Guns'n'Roses. The song 'Star War' sounds a lot like The Toilet Boys, and as already stated by someone else 'Brand New Hate' was co written by Thw Wildhearts/Silver Ginger 5 singer Ginger.
Well done to Backyard Babies for keeping this sort of music alive (also other Swedish bands like Hardcore Superstar, The Helicopters etc.)
So to conclude, with a handful of catchy rock anthems and more than a handful of other good strong songs, then this is the album to go and buy. Whilst you're at it, why not spike your hair, get some tattoos, where sweatbands high up your arms (these guys were doing it long before Mr Timberlake decided it was cool!)and sip some JD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock N' Roll Lives.... in sweden!!, 1 Feb. 2006
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RATTLHEAD (Gold Coast, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
If you don't own this album by this stage then you are not a Backyard Babies fan.... and if you believe true 80's style hard rock is dead, and I mean Gunners/Skid Row type stuff then your dead wrong... It lives on in Sweden in bands like Backyard Babies & The Hellacopters. Each Babies album is different from the next... sadly & gradually becoming more and more 'radio friendly'... this album is still midway between their transition and is a fine display of some seriously talented rockers who really know the game and are writing some catchy yet balls out rockin tracks. IMO every song is great but the album falls short of their previous 2 releases(Diesel and Power & Total 13)but is far superior to it's follow-up (Stockholm Syndrome).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who said that Rock is Dead?, 23 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Nu-metal? Who cares when the Backyard Babies are about! Just when I thought that there would never be another band to cater to my tastes, along come these guys. Taking the blueprint from Hanoi Rocks et al, Backyard Babies drag the debauched, swaggering style kicking and screaming into the 90's. Stand out tracks for me include the start/stop opener "I love to Roll", "Brand New Hate" and "Heaven 2.9". "Making Enemies is Good" is firmly stuck in the sleaze-rock of the 70's and 80's, but that's exactly why they're great. No one else is playing this stuff anymore. Don't bother waiting for the new Guns N' Roses LP, which might never appear, buy the Backyard Babies back catalogue instead!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making Enemies Is Good, 24 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Definitely the best Backyard Babies album, this is pure party music. While previous recordings have been somewhat shabby around the edges, this album hears them tighten up their sound into something easily accessible but properly rock 'n' roll. Dregen is a serious guitar god, and he really shows off his talent here with plenty of fun solos and riffs. Backing vocals from the other three members highlight Nicke's rough voice, but his vocals never waver out of tune.
Definitely a good starting point for those interested in the band. From here, I'd follow up with Total 13, then take a step forwards to their latest, most politically conscious album, Stockholm Syndrome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and Heavy,Sweden's Finest!!!, 22 July 2001
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
These guys seriously rock. The 'Babies have really surpassed themselves,when I heard their previous album,'Total 13' with the great lyrics,real 'heavy metal' guitars,I thought it couldn't get any better. The one or two slower tracks,give a nice touch -really showing that these guys are not afraid of anything.As they say,'Making Enemies is Good',well since I bought this,they have made friends with my stereo. If you need to re-discover real music,then the backyard babies,will certainly make you do that.The heavy sound flows through your veins,it excites you -this album is euphoric.A true master piece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Making Enemies' is indeed GREAT, 12 Jan. 2011
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Mr. R. Howe (South Shields, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
This is the follow-up to Backyard Babies' magnificent "Total 13" and this was the album which launched the band for the first time on a major record label. You will instantly be able to tell this by the polished sound in comparison to the band's prior material. That is both a good and bad thing here.

The easiest way to sum up this album to rock fans would be to say "Making Enemies Is Good" could be analyzed as Backyard Babies' "Use Your Illusion" record (the infamous 1991 LP when sleaze rockers Guns N' Roses developed their sound).

One of the reasons Backyard Babies are an incredible rock band is the sheer rawness of their sound. A rawness never heard since Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut LP "Appetite For Destruction". When they smashed "Total 13" back in 1998, Backyard Babies realized their true potential and established themselves as the new bad guys on the block of rock n' roll. No gimmicks, no costumes or slogans - Just attitude and talent.

"Making Enemies.." is definitely not a bad album by any means. It features the band at their most ambitious, most overachieving and above all most experimental sound, largely due to the larger budget and time they had to play with their sound for this LP. You can still hear the raw, edgy sound on tracks such as "Payback" and "Bigger W/A Trigger", in fact it would be impossible to remove this aspect from a Backyard Babies album altogher, it just sounds polished and produced on this LP.

There are times when the album really kicks into gear, such as the GN'R epic style "Painkiller", a dark and gloomy ballad which features strings not heard since "Use Your Illusion" (Guns N' Roses' experimental 1991 album). The guitar solo itself goes on for several days and just cries out for a graveyard and a thunderstorm. If you're smiling with recognition right now, then this album is for you.

Backyard Babies fully deserve to be massive rockstars cruising the Strip, quite why they are still not there is something of a mystery in rock circles as they are undoubtedly one of the most consistent and talented bands on the planet. But this also adds to their mystique and certainly retains their coolness, they do not care as long as they can rock, this is Backyard Babies "big time" record and it's a very good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock band since the Wildhearts, 17 Jun. 2001
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
From the opening blast of I Love To Roll you know this album is gonna be good. Better written and better produced than the fabulous Total 13 this is the Babies at their finest. Every songs a winner on this but the single Brand New hate and the re-recorded Star War (originaly on the Super Sh*t 666 album) are both great tracks with sing-a-long choruses and Dregens classy guitar work. This album doesnt have a bad track on it, Payback....Heaven 2.9, there too many great tracks to name them all, get away from nu-metal and back into quality Rock'N'Roll again.......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Appetite For Destruction mark II? Not yet..., 8 Nov. 2002
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C Knapton (Gateshead, Tyne & Wear United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Some people are said not to live their lives by the laws of nu-metal. It is even whispered that some people don't worship Slipknot...strange folk, perhaps, but maybe tomorrow they'll be cool, and your boiler suit will be thrown to the back of the wardrobe.
This album rocks. Pure and simple. I've given it 4 stars only in comparison to Total 13, which I think has the edge over MEIG. Although the slower (sometimes softer) songs are good, I think they let the Babies down, as I feel they should fire on all cylinders all the time.
Most of this album is brilliant outstanding rock'n'roll though - Payback, The Clash, Ex-Files, Bigger W/A Trigger and The Kids Are Right, for a few examples, all have the potential to be rock anthems. The standout track though (along with The Clash, in my opinion), is Brand New Hate, which sounds like a Wildhearts cover. But with Ginger listed as a co-writer, its hardly surprising.
The Backyard Babies are one of the bands most likely to take over the rock'n'roll helm with G'n'R's continued absence, and this album is a great example of what they can do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool follow-up to Total 13, 3 Feb. 2008
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Mr. S. Howe "Russ" (Newcastle, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Great album to follow up Total 13, it's a lot more polished but so what, they'd just got a big record deal so you'd expect this.
They have lost a little of their nasty edge from songs like UFO Romeo on Total 13 and while Brand New Hate is awesome it feels a little more radio-friendly, but saying that, you'd NEVER hear this on the radio it still kicks serious ass.
They experiment with stuff and tread carefully to avoid the GN'R pitfalls of overblown parodyism and they pull it off, songs like Painkiller could've went sooo wrong, but didn't.

Cool, not a landmark like Total 13 which is considered on a par with Appetite for Destruction, but Making Enemies is certainly better than anything else out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kick ass, 23 May 2001
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This review is from: Making Enemies Is Good (Audio CD)
Making Enemies is Good, is a perfect follow on album from Total 13, with all the rock and roll chaos, and attitude. There is no doubt that Backyard Babies are here to stay. The album is well written, and has a bit more of a grown up feel to it than the previous albums. This is the sort of music that you can listen to when you're in the mood to large it, or when you're at home chillin'. It hasn't left my stereo since i got it!! ENJOY...........
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