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Motley Crue Saints Of Los Angeles Motley/Eleven Seven Music
Produced By: Motley Crue

Running Time: 44.00

Release Date: Out Now

Released: WORLD

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: Motley Crue
93%
Songs: 95%
Sound: 92%
One would normally expect to have more to say about a Motley Crue release, but this one almost speaks for itself. It is so systematically a "Motley" release that describing it track by track is more or less pointless!
The bar has been set high for 2008's best albums, so the pressure has been on everyone to deliver. Thankfully Motley Crue find themselves in a similar predicament to several other icon acts this year ready for a kick ass record.
And they deliver!
Based lyrically on the band's past as described in the biography The Dirt, the album was written in most part by bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist Mick Mars.
Musically speaking this is about everything you could ask from a band with such a colorful history and long career in 2008. It isn't the best produced album of their career or perhaps the most commercial, but it is 100% Motley Crue.
The rawer sound and the sometimes punkish hard rock are symptomatic of an album recorded with few overdubs and a true live feel. And that means the energy just pours through the speakers. There's a lot to like here and everyone delivers solid performances.
Vince Neil in particular delivers some great vocals and the vibe is really classic good fun, good times, sleazy rock n roll. The lyrics are a laugh to listen to as the band chronicles it's journey from the early days in LA.
Highlights include the frantic hard rocker Face Down In The Dirt; the extremely melodic old-school sounding Down At The Whiskey; the more contemporary 'old meets new' hard rock of Saints Of Los Angeles (which has a huge Dr Feelgood style sound); the moody intensity of MF Of The Year; and the classic Crue double header of Just Another Psycho and Chicks = Trouble (Girls Girls Girls era sound) also impress.
The punk rock Goin' Out Swinging has a great energy and cool chorus and is a fine way to close the album.
The Bottom Line
I've heard comments from a few fans unhappy with this release and I think I can understand where they are coming from this is a very loose, raw and almost simple record. But at the same time, it is pure classic Motley and has a kick ass beat and tight production quality, so for me it delivers more than what I expected and basically everything I have previously enjoyed from the band. I think I'm with the majority in saying Motley are back on track and this album is a winner.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Too Fast For Love
Shout At The Devil
Theatre Of Pain
Girls, Girls, Girls
Dr. Feelgood
Motley Crue
Generation Swine
New Tattoo
Generation Swine

Line Up:
Vince Neil: Vocals
Mick Mars: Guitars
Tommy Lee: Drums
Nikki Sixx: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
The Crue!
Track Listing
L.A.M.F.
Face Down in the Dirt *
What's It Gonna Take
Down At the Whisky *
Saints of Los Angeles *
Motherfucker of the Year
The Animal in Me
Welcome to the Machine
Just Another Psycho *
Chicks = Trouble *
This Ain't A Love Song
White Trash Circus
Goin' Out Swingin' *

--*Best Tracks



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