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...another victim of "Nevermind"?
on 6 August 2007
OK, Nirvana's "Nevermind" killed-off most of the so-called "Hair Metal" bands of the 80s, only the strongest survived. Bon Jovi re-invented themselves as a standard Rock 'n' Roll band with 1992s "Keep the Faith" (not to mention the famous "hair cut", widely atributed to have saved their career!), whereas some struggled in the post-grunge world and went the more "alternative metal" route such as Motley Crue and Skid Row. Whereas Motley Crue managed to keep some reminants of melody with Bob Rock producing their 1994 self titled effort, Skid Row went for a more brute-force approach when enlisting the same Mr Rock on production duties.
To be fair, the first time I heard this one I had been playing their first album and "Slave to the Grind" (especially the later) almost non-stop for a couple of years and like many was foaming at the mouth for "Slave to the Grind 2". That'll be why when I borrowed this from a friend when first released I listened to it once, judged it a complete din, failed to buy it and lumped Skid Row in the long list of bands Nirvana killed-off.
OK, 12 years later thought it was worth re-visiting (via a second-hand purchase) and I'm glad to say that time has been kinder to it than some other albums, possibly due to in part me getting into some heavier stuff like Megadeth, early Metallica, etc in the meantime.
"My enemy", "Firesign", "Eileen", "Into another", "Face against my soul" and "Medicine jar" would stand aside to some of the heavier tracks on STTG if they contained a tiny bit more of a tune, and "Breakin' down" wouldn't have sounded out of place as it is.
On reflection, glad I gave it a second chance, turned out to be a good album to drive to. Oh, and for anyone driving along the A272 around Cowfold, West Sussex most weekday mornings at around 7:45am, this would explain a rather sad 30-something bloke headbanging in his biege 1.6 VW Golf ;-)