Most helpful critical review
on 1 July 2015
Twisted Sister kind of died a death in the UK after 1983. They got their first record deal in the UK in 1982, built up a loyal following for their ferocious live shows. They had 2 hits (I Am Im Me & The Kids Are Back) and played at Donington Monsters of Rock. Stay Hungry broke them in the US in 1984,, but the album was barely promoted in the UK. So by 1985 and Come Out & Play I wasn't aware of the over exposure of Dee & The Boys. This undoubtedly hurt the band in the US, this album bombed in the worst way possible, and basically killed their career. It's a little puzzling why. This is not a bad record by any stretch of the imagination. The sound has matured, as well as the lyrics but that surely was a natural evolution for the band. The production is a little distant, and hollow, but that does help some of these songs. Some brilliant rock numbers here, title track Come Out & Play & Kill Or Be Killed are ferocious, I Believe In Rock N Roll has a menacing feel like an Under The Blade song. King Of The Fools is a moving ballad easily matching The Price or You're Not Alone from previous albums. Those are the good songs. Leader Of The Pack is enjoyable, but a little silly and a strange decision to place it on an album where they are trying to show maturity. Be Chrool To Your Scuel is horrible old school rock n roll with piano. I Believe In You is a poor ballad, and Out On The Streets & You Want We Got sound generic, and lack the bands normal fire and energy. In summary, if you liked any of the previous albums there will be something for you on Come Out & Play.