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Everything you could wish for from a glam/sleaze record and more
on 27 April 2010
It isn't often that a band's third album is their best one, particularly when it's also with their third singer. But five years after their groundbreaking debut, and three years after their slightly disappointing sophomore effort, Crashdiet have managed to pull off just that. Generation Wild takes the best parts from Rest In Sleaze and hammers them out into something new, melding them with elements from Crashdiet's 80s influences.
After the cacophonous introductory section, the album opens with Armageddon, a hard rocker with an infectious riff that wouldn't sound out of place on one of the earlier Mötley Crue albums. This song essentially sets the tone for the rest of the album, particularly with regard to the excellent performance and production - great riffs, big backing vocals, and a considerable range from new singer Simon Cruz.
It's difficult to name highlights from this album, because I can honestly say that I love every track. Armageddon, Generation Wild and particularly the incredibly catchy Chemical (although I do wonder if it's too poppy...) are the songs that I most want to blast out of my car and sing along to. There are also plenty of dirty, sleazy rockers - Native Nature, Rebel and Down With The Dust bring to mind Skid Row, Nitro, and the plethora of underrated late 80s glam metal bands. The album has its fair share of ballads - Save Her is particularly well executed, managing to sound emotional without falling into the stereotypical acoustic-intro power ballad that so plagued the 80s scene.
All in all, I basically have nothing bad to say about this album - it's everything I could wish for from a glam/sleaze record and more, and I hope it propels Crashdiet to renewed success at home and abroad.