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4.0 out of 5 stars Poison Show Some Soul, 26 Sep 2008
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This re-release of Poison's best album features 2 additional tracks (a version of "Something To Believe In" with different, probably first-draft, lyrics, and an instrumental version of "God Save The Queen" which isn't as bad as Megadeth's "Anarchy In The UK" but it's pretty pointless all the same).

As for the album itself, it remains Poison's best. The guitars are far more muscular than in the predocessor "Open Up And Say Aaargh!", the lyrics less sex-and-party and more "the-trials-of-a-young-man", and there's generally a more substantive basis to the album. It's easy to forget that while Poision, Motley Crue etc are derided as "hair metal", they were mainstream rock in the 1980s (this album sold over three million copies in the US), and their music is undoubtedly enjoyable. (Whereas later rock groups, perhaps influenced by Nirvana, seem to regard rocking as an embarassment, and can only be acceptable when all sense of fun has been stripped from the listening experience, leaving only angst, gloom and doom).

But perhaps jolted by the success of Guns N' Roses, this is a somewhat darker listen, although always tempered by a sense that the righteous will prevail. "Valley Of Lost Souls" in many ways is their "Welcome To The Jungle", a reflection of the dark side of LA life, but with the musical body to match, whereas the similar "Fallen Angel" on the previous album had been more of a sing-along chorus. CC Deville shows his guitar chops on the excellent (and somewhat bluesy) instrumental "Swampjuice (Soul-O)", which leads into the hit single, the fun-but-adolescent "Unskinny Bop".

Other standout tracks are "Flesh And Blood (Sacrifice)", with a real meaty guitar sound, "Come Hell Or High Water", their proto-typical "Belive In Yourself" song, the surpisingly good "Ride The Wind", an ode to motorbikes which features on of their best lyrics, and "Something To Believe In", an overblown power-ballad with a lyric which Bret Michaels seems really proud of. Like, really proud. Still, all good songs.

It's surprising how much successful rock band's self-esteem depend on critical esteem. Poison never had it, and ended up chasing their tails in an attempt to seem real or authentic. But here, they combine strong musical talents, a sense of fun, and an awareness that often there's a price to paid. A good album which has aged far better than others from the 1980s LA rock bubble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Rockin', 15 Aug 2007
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This is Poison's third studio album and in my opinion the best. It is still a fun listen like the first two but has a litte more variety. I can't understand why the so-called hair metal bands went on the scrapheap in the early 90's. It's like people got tired of musical ability and music that makes you happy. CC plays some smokin' solos on here too like the title track and track 8.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant, 25 Jan 2014
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It's hard to find older cd's and my sister really wanted this cd, really pleased it was on Amazon thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poison Flesh & Blood, 14 April 2013
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I chose this rating because poison are a very good rock band and this is a very good album Indeed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 9 Mar 2011
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I am not a big Poison fan, but I am a Flesh & Blood fan.
This is probably my favourite all-time album.
It rocks. Big.
Strong from start to finish.
Good album to get groovy to!
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