When I read the news that Hanoi Rocks were breaking up for a 2nd time I was absolutely gutted. I loved 12 Shots, Another Hostile Takeover and Street Poetry. But I soon consoled myself with the news that Michael would continue to release music with a new band. I didn't however, expect him to assemble such a talented group of musicians! My expectations for the album went through the roof, and I became a little wary that I might be let down... But it wasn't to be! The album is absolutely fantastic! There is not one bad track on here! The songs are quite varied: from balls out rockers (Bombs Away, Debauchery As A Fine Art, Modern Day Miracle), to punkier numbers(Trick Of The Wrist, 78, Got Blood?), to the country ballad (Gone Baby Gone) and the soft rock of (All You Need and Superpowered Superfly). Ginger Wildheart's songwriting presence on the album is easily recogniseable, as a number of the tracks have his trademark harmonised choruses. The only track on the album that I felt didn't quite make the mark was "Centre Of Your Heart". It's still by no means a bad track, just not quite up to the same level of quality as the rest of the album.
The bonus tracks on this european deluxe version of the album are both fantastic in my opinion. "Another Night In The Sun" is a fantastic rocker and "You're Next" is likewise.
If you're a fan of Hanoi Rocks, The Wildhearts or just bloody good, straight up, no frills Rock N' Roll, then do yourself a favour and buy this one!
Mike Monroe was the leader of Hanoi Rocks - universally accepted as the main influence for a host of bands including Guns n Roses. Whilst Mike has a touch a 'glam' about him, his music has always been driven by the punk scene of the late 70's and 80's (Stiv Bators, The Damned, UK Subs, Ramones, New York Dolls etc). After calling time on the Hanoi Rocks reunion, Mike set about putting together one of the most talented and hard rocking bands around - calling on Ginger (Wildhearts), Steve Conte (New York Dolls), Sammi Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks/Joan Jett/New York Dolls & Karl Rockfist (Danzig/Chelsea Smiles). The band has been touring solidly for the last 2 years and their energetic and high quality performances have met with universal acclaim - most recently seen opening for Motorhead on their UK tour (and completely blowing them off-stage). Ask any Motorhead fan who saw them - they all came away as new fans.
This CD is the long awaited first studio effort from the band, and the content is the highest quality punk driven rock you will find around today. The influence of Ginger as a collaborative song writing partner for Michael is plain to hear throughout - with the heavy driven riffs and catchy melodies we're used to from The Wildhearts, in strong evidence.
This is high quality music with no pretentions and loads of attitude. This is the real deal - not dinosaurs catching a last buck or corporately manufactured clones. They are also one of the best live acts currently touring. If you like the Wildhearts, The Damned, original GNR, Motorhead (hell, Lemmy doesnt sing on just anyones album) you'll love this album. If you don't - check it anyway - you won't regret it.
This is a band lots of people will be talking about - very soon!
Wow. Pure Rock 'n' Roll with (punk) attitude. First listen and I felt the raw energy of the whole album. Couple of more listens and I really found the brilliance of the songs. Killer album! Can't wait to see Mr. Monroe & Co. live!
After hearing this, I immediately tried to come up with a better previous album from any of the participants. Hanoi Rocks and the Wildhearts were capable of greatness, but equally capable of mediocrity, often on the same CD. In terms of consistency, this one is the best as far as I'm concerned. The opening "Trick of the wrist" is an absolute barnstormer, a real call to arms. "Gone, baby, gone" is also worth special mention, in a parallel universe where talent matters, this would be a major hit. Ginger's pop sensibility and sense of melody marry beautifully with Mike's vocal approach, and the production is top notch. There are other highlights, yours will be different from mine. Also recommend the version with the bonus tracks, I think they are better than some on the 11 track version.
This album works better than any pills! Unbelievable amount of energy tastefully packed into rock&roll form. Michael Monroe seemed to nail an amazing band together, where everyone has their place, and the whole band makes the most of it. Multitalented Monroe has gathered a band, than despite its aging stars teaches a lesson to the next generation. It is as if each member is Keith Richards:ishly into their music and through this their talents really shine on the records! All songs have a drive that will make you loose calories just by listening, and particularly 78, superpowered superfly and modern day miracle rolls into the back of your head.
If you want to hear the "click" (you know the sound when everything just fits perfectly?) on each track, for your own sanity, I recommend to listen Monroe's Sensory Overdrive!