Well, I probably missed it due to not really rating this band. When I was a teenager I enjoyed the 'Animal, **** Like a beast' and 'Mean man' mainly to upset my folks and impress my friends. As I went from teenager to twenties to now late thirties I lost interest in this type of glam and shock rock, in favour of 'serious' metal.
By doing that I seem to have overlooked a real gem in Crimson Idol. Thoughtful, dynamic, well structured metal with a great story told out in a series of hard hitting metal and emotional ballads. The maturity in the song writing and performace is a joy to hear, and Lawless' voice, raw and heatfelt fits the bill perfectly. For me, Invisible Boy, The Idol, and The Great Misconception of Me, stand head and shoulders above what is a very strong collection of songs, that melded together make up a classic concept album.
There are comparisons, of course, with Tommy, and Quadrophenia, but that is not a critisim, Blackie Lawless is a massive Who fan, and he has taken the nucleous of how a concept album should fit together and then lay his heavy metal approach over the top...with devastating results.
This album joins my list of 'classics' - Dark Side, Quadrophenia, Hounds of Love, Sgt Peppers, Pet Sounds- it really is that good.