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After turning in a substantially under par effort last time around with the anticipated album Hollyweird, you would think Poison would be out to reclaim some lost ground with an album of kick ass melodic rock.|
I had a lot of time for Poison; they have shown flashes of brilliance over the years with such gems as Open Up And Say...Ahh! and the quite awesome Native Tongue. But this album is not anything close to brilliant.
Instead the band has retained the same cheap and nasty production values used on Hollyweird and resorted to the trend of the moment – all covers.
I generally don't like covers albums. A few work, but most don't. More often than not they are a stop gap measure between studio albums, but having kept fans waiting several years already for a new album, it seems we'll be waiting a little longer still.
Poison stick to the musical formula that suits them with a selection of glammed up and punked up tunes.
Predictable classic glam tracks by The Sweet (Little Willy), Alice Cooper (I Never Cry), David Bowie (Suffragette City), Kiss (Rock N Roll All Nite) are accompanied by a couple of more original and inspired choices such as Just What I Needed (The Cars) and I Need To Know (Tom Petty).
Sadly there are a few tracks which have already been covered by Poison previously (Squeeze Box, Rock N Roll All Nite, American Band & Your Mama Don't Dance).
Why those would be included again here is anyone's guess and for me delivers the proof needed of a rather uninspired effort by the band. Even the Def Leppard covers affair blows this away.
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