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Another mini revolution from Skid Row,
This review is from: Revolutions Per Minute (Audio CD)
Skid Row have never been a predictable band. Having produced a big selling hair metal debut album, they seemed destined for greatness. At that point, however, they chose to go for a much heavier sound. And, good though second album Slave to the grind was, it was never going to repeat the chart success that they'd enjoyed with the early singles '18 and life' and 'I remember you'.
This is now their 5th studio album, and their second in the post-Bach era. The surprise they've sprung this time is to include an out and out country stomper (You Lie) and a punk/country flavoured song (When God can't wait) which could easily pass as a Pogues song. It won't be to everyone's tastes, but I've found the album very infectious. It is the sound of a band having fun, and trying to push their musical boundaries. The most striking thing I took from seeing this band live is the amount of passion that they have for their music and it's evident in the vitality that this album contains.
It's not all experimentation however. There's also plenty of loud riff-soaked songs to keep the hardcore metal fans happy (Disease, Another dick in the system, Strength, Let it ride). 'When God can't wait' is arguably the most leftfield song on the album - very reminiscent of The Pogues! - but my personal favourite is 'White Trash'. It's a riotous hook-laden song about the white trash lifestyle. Repeat after me: `I want to be white trash / and sit around on my fat ass / so many hours in the day / to p*ss my life away'.
Just two gripes. Firstly, was it really necessary to include the second version of the You Lie song? And, secondly, the absence of an out and out power ballad on the album. That's something that some fans may consider as a plus but, for me, there is no better proponent of that art than Skid Row.