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Motley Crue - Generation Swine
on 4 May 2016
With the return of Vince Neil back in the saddle Generation Swine was meant to put Motley back on the map. Following the huge success of 'Dr. Feelgood'(1989) the band fragmented with Vince went on to a solo career and Motley soldiered on with John Corabi at the helm creating one of their finest albums 'Motley Crue'(1994)despite the noticeable dip in commercial success.
So rewind forward to Generation Swine and you will find yourself puzzled exactly how the hell this mess was conceived. If I could use one word to describe this album it would be frustrating. It seems unfocused, disjointed, over produced, bland and has aged badly. The opening track 'Find Myself' is embarrassing lyrically and the melody is atrocious, musically repetitive and the last thirty seconds where a child's voice is just repeating the word destruction is a terrible idea .
Let Us Prey is laughable with the lyrics, melody and vocals a new level of dire and musically it sounds like something rejected from a Limp Bizkit album. The chorus is amateur at best.
With Glitter I question the bands frame of mind as well as the unnecessary re-recording of Shout at the Devil 97' you know when an album might hit the fan is when you see old track been re-recorded. It seems overall the album is lack the one and only Mick Mars I know the album was difficult to make and he was unhappy with the direction but to me he has been the jewel in Motley's crown since day one.
Motley had certainly taken an artist leap in a new direction with Vince Neil left the band but it was a band experimenting for the first time with excellent results. The problem is with Generation Swine is the experimenting was simply out of control to the point nothing makes sense. Like finishing sentences before even starting them. It seems all over the place and the industrial grooves the set the foundation lacked memorable riffs and melodies with a production that is like nails on a chalk board.
All in all this ranks as the worst Motley album and should have never of seen the light of the day.