Top positive review
on 19 November 2010
On the surface this is a very thin record. It has been written to the AOR/MOR template of American rock and strays little from this. It's verse/chorus/widdly-bit, repeat with very predictable lyrics and restrained musicians. It's cookie-cutter rock. In a way it is a logical progression from Trash. That was dirty rock and roll, this is the same only cleaned up and hit the gym. It is meatier and feels stronger - and is actually a better album of songs. But it is not Alice back to his best.
The title track is an ok start. It did pretty well in the charts and is remembered to a certain extent today. It thinks it's deep but it's not. It's just an alright song. 'Love's A Loaded Gun' is better, riffing off of Trash slightly, only far more shoe-gazingly heart-felt. 'Snakebite' is a classic in my eyes - an MOR classic but a classic nonetheless. It's catchy and has a great deep guitar sound. 'Burning Our Bed' is a power-ballad of sorts and is a nice little distraction until the next classic, 'Dangerous Tonight' storms into view. It's unabashed stadium rock but it's a great tune. 'I Might As Well Be On Mars' almost works but is far too long. It's another ballad that overstayed its welcome by 2 minutes.
'Feed My Frankenstein' may have been a single but it wasn't a very good one. Ok it was good, just not great. 'Hurricane Years' I like but it could have been far more interesting. 'Little By Little' is actually a great, catchy tune and one of the highlights here. And 'Die For You' is a pretty good ballad; it does what it does and does it well. 'Dirty Dreams' however is a song too far and is the only below average track on the album. It should have been removed, it wouldn't have hurt. The closer, 'Wind Up Toy' is brilliant for a couple of reasons. Firstly it sees the return of not only Steven, the fictional character from Welcome To My Nightmare, but also of Alice to the dark material. It actually doesn't feel like it should be on this album, which is a plus. The song is catchy and hard edged, with great lyrics and ends the album on a very off-kilter high. It was a taste of what was to come, as Alice's next album would embrace both the heavy rock and jaunty avant garde stylings of his early career. With mixed results, however, but at least it was a step in the right direction.
Not Stoopid, but no genius either.