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POISON
HOLLYWEIRD

Cyanide Records CYND 6975
Produced by: Thom Panunzio

Released: OUT NOW / Website
Relatives: Themselves
GENRE: Hard Rock
OVERALL: 50%

  1. Hollyweird
  2. Squeeze Box
  3. Shooting Star
  4. Wishful Thinkin'
  5. Get 'Ya Some
  6. Emperor's New Clothes
  7. Devil Woman
  8. Wasteland
  9. Livin' In The Now
  10. Stupid, Stones & Dumb
  11. Home (Bret's Story)
  12. Home (CC's Story)
  13. Rockstar

Never before has the statement "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" been more relevant.
Well, at least within the ears of the beholder anyway.
What you take away from this CD is totally dependant on what you expected from it in the first place.
First the facts - this is the first full length Poison album in a long, long time, with only the archived Crack A Smile and the 5 new tracks from Power To The People keeping us otherwise entertained.
It comes with major financial support from Jimmy Buffet's new label.
So with a lot of anticipation comes the album a lot of fans have been hanging for.
And you know what? It sounds like shit. The production is half-assed, half-baked and sounds like a one take studio demo.
Basically you could expect this, or forgive this of a new artist or a smaller label. But this is Poison. In terms of the genre, this is one of the biggest bands of the last 15 years.
In excusing the sound of this album the band would argue that they tried to capture the raw spirit of the band's first couple of albums. True enough, as it rocks along in fine fashion, but that doesn't change the fact that it sounds like shit.
It's muddy, under-produced, badly mixed and features crappy drum and guitar sounds. Even the backing vocals don't enhance the feel of the album. There are several voids during songs where you just wish backing vocals would have been considered.
There is a good side - some of the songs. There are some great moments here, with Shooting Star, Wishful Thinkin', Hollyweird and Wasteland some of the best songs in Poison history.
But with others like Devil Woman and Squeeze Box, it's like there is something badly missing. Maybe it's just the mix and the lack of musical support around key parts of each song.
I enjoyed CC's vocals on Emperor's New Clothes, but that's where it should have eneded. Livin' In The Now sounds like a Samantha 7 left over and what's with the exact musical repat of the track Home? One features Bret's vocals, the other CC's. Guys - if you couldn't decide which was better - hire a producer with the balls to make the decision.
In fact, hire a new producer anyway, as the album sounds way below average.
My take on this album is based on the fact I loved what I heard with the 5 new tracks on the Power To The People CD. They sounded crisp, clear, well produced and musically in your face, which is what I was hoping to hear more of. A progression of sorts.
However, if you love raw, demo quality party rock and don't take this album seriously at all, then this will hold infinite more appeal.
BOTTOM LINE: The big shame here is that you can create the atmosphere of the classic era without skimping on the production. It's all in the style and delivery of the songs. You don't have to employ a shitty half-assed production feel to evoke an emotion. This to me sounds like the band have pocketed their handsome advance and made a cheap record.
The band is basically releasing something they can tour on the back of and hope for the best. Sorry guys this is 2002, not 1982, the fans deserve and expect to hear better quality releases than this.
PRODUCTION: 30% SONGS: 78% VIBE: 50%ATTITUDE: 40%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of the Poison debut, party rock fans and die hard Poison fans.
DISCOGRAPHY:Look What The Cat Dragged In . Open Up And Say...Ahh! . Flesh & Blood . Swallow This Live . Native Tongue . Poison's Greatest Hits 1986-1996 . Crack A Smile...And More! . Power To The People



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