on 9 October 2008
Ive been a fan of the Crue for just over 4 years now and in my opinion the albums they made in the 80s are some of the best rock albums ever recorded. During the 90s their albums got a bit more experimental and the songs they were writing just werent up to the stantard of their earlier work. So after I had heard 2 new songs, 'if I die tomorrow' and 'sick love song' a couple of years ago I was praying that they would release a new album. That album turned out to be S.O.L.A, with James Michael and DJ Ashba handling production I knew that the album would sound amazing. Each song is 100% crue at its best; Mick Mars blasts out some of the best rock riffs ive heard in a long time, and Vince Neils voice hasnt sounded this good since Dr. Feelgood. All together the album is what you would expect from the crue right down to the smallest detail.
on 9 February 2011
I've taken a long time before writting this review to give this album a chance to grow on me, but to be honest I keep coming back to the same feeling. This albums okay. It's a strong rock album, but definately not a 5 stars Motley Crue album.
Don't get me wrong, the band are ripping, and sounding very tight and fresh, and the songs themselves are on the whole a good bunch of songs. However, they generally weren't written by the Crue (Nikki and his AM friends)and subsequently they are a bunch of songs that could have been recorded by a number of bands and still sounded good (Sixx Am included). The point is, the Crue were always better than good. In the Crue version of rock there was always a little blues, a little rock n roll, a little pop and and a little punk, and as a result they always stood above their peers. Whilst Nikki has always been the principle songwriter, the others always chipped in with the songwriting and the songs sounded a little more honest and true, even on Generation Swine. Unfortunately that "gang" attitude they have tried to re-create on this album is actually the one natural ingredient missing.
Hopefully 2011 will bring a new album...and hopefully a true Crue album at that
on 25 September 2015
.Motley Crue had experienced some turmoil following the release of their biggest album, Dr. Feelgood, in 1989. Their lead singer, Vince Neil, either quit or was fired from the group in 1992, and the band subsequently brought in replacement John Corabi, and released a self-titled album in 1994. However, the album wasn't such a hit with fans, and nor was the singer, who was out of the band by 1996. Vince Neil was back in the picture, but the next album, Generation Swine, was a relative commercial flop also. Some of the material had been written by Corabi before he left, and there was tension in the group which would eventually prompt drummer Tommy Lee to quit. They hired Randy Castillo, released another flop of an album, New Tattoo, and after that, Castillo passed away and the band lay dormant for some time, until 2004, when Lee rejoined, which brings us to this point. Their "comeback" album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released in 2008.
Is it a comeback that proves that the band can still write fresh material and tackle new things, or is it the sound of a band trying to recapture those glory days by writing songs that are re-hashes of the attitude and ideas of the band back in the day? I'm afraid it's more the latter than the former. Pretty much every song is about the typical sex, drugs and rock and roll clichéd crap. Downing the whiskey, having sex with women, being an animal. There's nothing really new or worthwhile to be found here.
The music itself sounds like Motley Crue trying to write music exactly like their 80s output, but this vision suffers in part due to the modern production and the songwriting process itself, which just makes it bland and pale in comparison to their classic material, especially seeing as the production makes the band sound less unique. Every song is written by bassist Nikki Sixx and his chums James Michael, DJ Ashba (both of whom are Sixx's Sixx:AM bandmates) and Marti Frederiksen. Sixx is only interested in giving us what he THINKS we want to hear, not what we actually want to hear. For a start: Nikki, what band are you writing for? This isn't Sixx:AM. This is MOTLEY CRUE! Maybe if you let your bandmates have more songwriting input like you used to, this could have been better. It seems like James Michael and Marti Frederiksen (along with Desmond Child) do a lot of songwriting for 70s/80s bands who feel that they need outside writers to "enhance" their material. Well, guess what? It doesn't enhance it. It just makes your stuff sound more clichéd and bland, and your band sounds less unique. This is why I think, for example, Scorpions' Humanity: Hour I, could have been better than it was. But anyway, let's get back on topic.
The band members seem good at playing their instruments (assuming it was the actual band members and not, say, Sixx:AM and/or Josh Freese) so it's a shame it's put to little use here. When I first heard the album around 2 years ago, I did get into the title track and "The Animal in Me", but do I listen to these songs anymore? No, no I don't.
If you're a Motley Crue fan who has yet to hear this album, by all means check it out if you must, but don't be surprised if you don't get as much excitement out of it as the band's first five albums. Saints of Los Angeles is the sound of aged rockers who probably don't get along that well and are mainly in it for the cash, collaborating with overrated outside writers to write songs with immature lyrics about drugs and sex (it doesn't sound cool coming from a group of 45-55 year olds) whilst sounding like most mediocre metal bands of the modern day. And actually, I much prefer both the self titled album and Generation Swine to this. I'm glad that the "boys" are retiring at the end of the year. Nikki, it's all well and good saying you wanted the band to retire at a high point, but this proves you are already way past your "high point", sadly.
Originally posted on Encyclopedia Metallum
on 7 October 2009
I love Saints of Los Angeles - it has all the energy of vintage Crue but with a current feel to it.
Each track tells a story and is said to be the soundtrack of the soon to be film - The Dirt - all about the escapades of Motley Crue through the years. Written mostly by Nikki Sixx and one of his Sixx AM partners, James Michael the tracks are all good, my fave is MF of the Year but I love the title track too.
Mick Mars, so underated in my opinion, so up to date in his playing,Tommy Lee a master of the drum kit, Nikki Sixx, they used to say that they sounded better when he wasn't playing but I think he gets better and better on bass and Vince Neil - what can you say? he IS the voice of Motley Crue! You never need to ask who is singing his voice is so distinctive. If you love the Crue you will embrace yet another class selection of songs, some say it isn't the best thing they have ever done, but considering how long they have been together making music - it ain't half bad!!
A fabulous addition to any Crue fan's collection - and if you don't own a Motley album? Shame on you! Long live Motley Crue!!
on 23 February 2010
I have been a Crue fan from the start. Too Fast For Love and Shout at the Devil in my opinion the best of the albums up to Dr.Feelgood. I felt that Theater Of Pain, Girls,Girls,Girls and Dr.Feelgood, were all reasonably good, but all of them had more than one weak track on them. When they kicked Vince out, I stopped buying, so can't comment on any of the following albums, apart from New Tattoo, which I got recently. Again, not as good as the first 2, but ok. I guess I liked them all simply because I'm a fan of the band. This album though blows all the other releases away. It sounds somehow heavier, raw like the first 2. Vince still sounds great, lyrics on every song are strong, there aren't any cringe worthy moments that have appeared on other releases. This is without doubt the best thing they have ever done. Cannot wait to see them at Sonisphere. (Hang in there Mick!!)
on 19 October 2008
Crue in great album shocker! Seriously. I quite liked the lesser known and more recent Generation Swine and the eponomous Motley Crue albums, but really they've never hit the heights of their first album. I surely never saw this coming. For me, Shout at the Devil, Girls, Dr Feelgood and Theatre of Pain were an increasingly horrible attempt to ingratiate themselves to the MTV generation. Guns n Roses stepped in and took the credible metal vote while the Crue whored themselves into a panto act. But here there's a return to that scratchy under-produced brilliance, with a bit of craft that they picked up along the way. I don't normally do 5 stars.