on 3 February 2008
'Total 13' was an 'Appetite for Destruction'-style classic that will never be repeated.
'Making Enemies Is Good' was another great LP but perhaps too over-produced and kinda lost a little bit of it's edge but is still good.
'Stockholm Syndrome' was a GREAT return to form, no total 13 but they were sounding much more raw than on making enemies is good and it has that punk attitude they are known for.
This lp is solid but not exceptional. It's very catchy, and a little more slick that 'Stockholm Syndrome' but not over-produced. The only problem I had is that it doesn't have as much of that bad-ass attitude you expect from Backyard Babies and this means some of the songs are a little forgettable. That said, Roads is one of the best ballads I've heard in YEARS and there are also a selection of others that would make it onto the band's best lp's so it's looking good for them.
on 12 May 2006
The Backyard Babies were the nearly men of the hard rock revolution. With a good (but predictable first album) and what is a genuine classic in their scond "Total 13", they looked set for superstardom. However, even though their 3rd release "Making Enemies Is Good" was certainly credible, the production was just too clean and "corporate big label" for them to live up to the staple of being "the next Guns N' Roses".
So here they are with their 5th release and what a welcome return this. The Babies' no longer seem to be concerned with pleasing the masses and the album comes across as a band who are confident with their craft and are playing the music that they want to play. The songs are short, catchy and instantly hummable in places. The opening title track sets the feel for the album as something that you can enjoy on a hot summers day, beer in hand and not a care in the world.
If you are already a fan of this band, then this is a must have and you will not be disappointed. If you are new to the Babies and like good time rock n' roll with catchy lyrics and a bit of humour, then I am sure that you will find a worthy addition to your collection.
Crack open a beer and enjoy!!
on 13 January 2011
The main problem with "People..." is that whilst it's a solid rock album and by no means poor in any way, it finds itself sitting in the middle of one of rock music's most under-rated and consistent back catalogues of all time.
Quite simply, Backyard Babies should be the biggest rock band on the planet. But they have been ignored by the spotlight for years and this remains one of the biggest mysteries in rock circles yet in some ways serves to only further their 'cool' rating, partially because they have not been accepted by the mainstream meaning us rock fans get to savour them for a little longer before it inevitably takes over.
By the time they released "People..", the Babies had already released the classic 'Total 13' (an album which rivals Guns N' Roses' seminal debut 'Appetite For Destruction'), followed it up with 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good" (a very solid album which suffered from being somewhat over-produced thanks to their new extra limelight in the rock world) and the great "Stockholm Syndrome" of 2003 (an LP which saw the band ditch the studio production and cut a raw record again, which led them to the Swedish Grammy Awards and resulted in a fantastic rock record).
"People.." doesn't rest on the bands laurels. They push their sound to new realms and we get things you'd not really expect to hear from a Backyard Babies album, however it comes at a slight price..
The plus-points of the album certainly stack up very well indeed, with the undeniably catchy title track, as well as "Dysfunctional Professional" and "I Got Spades" as well as the anger of "You Cannot Win".
We do lose certain aspects of Babies' sound here too though, with the long loved sneering punk attitude taking a little back seat - don't worry, it's still present on numbers such as the ferocious "You Cannot Win" and when Nicke Borg hits the last verse of the album's opening track you know he means business, however it's not scrawled across as many tracks as you may expect.
Among the mayhem, we get a couple of genuine classic rock moments which come in the form of the experimental duet between Dregen and Borg "The Mess Age", a track which takes a little while to get us moving however is asoundingly great when everything just gels into place during the second verse.
The album's highlight remains the unforgettable "Roads", a semi-acoustic number from the band. This is adventurous territory for a band who previously though sensitive meant turning their guitars down to 9. "Roads" is genuinely one of the best acoustic numbers to be heard in years.
All in all, this is a very solid album and suffers from the sheer quality of the band's other releases, which is not necessarily a bad thing after all. It would have been perhaps easy for them to move with the rock flavour of the time and change their sound to garage rock or pop punk rock, but they keep doing what they want to do and that's what makes BB a special band. This is their catchiest album to date and this band literally evolve from strength to strength at their choosing. Make the most of them!
on 24 March 2007
quite simply, the song writing isnt up there with their best album
'total 13' or even the well produced for the mainstream clean feel of their
last album, 'making enemies'. while still worth a listen, much of the album
does feel like a collection of b-sides with tracks that dont
really stand out as much as theyve done in the past. they almost made it to
superstardom with the last album, but it just didnt happen!