Top positive review
Feel Good album
on 29 June 2017
To my mind 'Shout At the Devil', the album before GGG, was a bit of a dark horse. The band appeared to be in drag on the inner sleeve, framed in the fires of hell, and there was an occult theme to both the title track and to Children of the Beast. Continuing the occult theme the jet black pentagram adorned cover nodded towards more religious subversion (not popular in the US!) and the uniform, heavy, guitar sound was as dirty as the thumping bottom end of every song.
Roll forward to the album 'Girls, Girls, Girls', and you have an evolution to a lighter guitar attack sound with much thinner, brighter, 'poppy' production, albeit the sound and style is as uniform on every song as it was on the predecessor (bar the dire half ballad 'Nona'). On the cover the band are now lolling around on 'Motor Sickles' (to quote 'Wild Side') on the Sunset Strip adorned in the standard hair metal garb of the day and the songs are largely about sex, booze and partying. This is therefore not deep stuff, but it is a step up in the bands approach as they sound tighter and more together as a band than on SATD, despite the growing drug abuse. It notably contains the classic singles tracks ‘Wild Side’, the lascivious title track and the emotional piano ballad ‘You’re All I Need’, along with the excellent driving ‘Dancing On Glass’ and the AC/DC sounding 'All in the name of..'.
So, apart from the odd sounding, out of place, ‘Nona’ and the filler track 'Sumthin for Nuthin', it’s a cracking feel-good album with probably more overall cohesion than SATD, partly as it doesn’t plumb the depths of covering a naff Beatles song to break the overall creative flow of the album (although this release does inflict a lamentable live cover of Elvis' ‘Jailhouse Rock’ on the listener).
This is one for listening to loudly (in order to flesh out the bright guitar and production), in an open top car, in the summer.