Stream Line Savings—-With very little introduction to the song, you are greeted y that powerful, unmistakable shriek that has defined this band. The song has a slight dirty blues edge to it….a bit sludgy in the background. Not a favorite of mine…the instruments sound a bit muted…but that voice…damn. Has not aged a bit.
My Dirty Girl—-Much more powerful musically, that scream opens up the song accompanied by a chug-chug guitar that again leans a bit towards a bluesy feel. The sing a long chorus is classic Hair Metal in feel. The chorus is huge and addictive…full of power chords…great drums and all the elements that defined this genre. Fantastic.
Come Inside—-Really nice introduction to the song…the ass line is huge on this track. The vocal is again ‘dirty’ and full of a wanton southern rock feel. Then the bridge enters and transforms the song into a Modern Rock classic track. The lyrics are full of double entendres….and that fantastic bass line leads the entire track. A classic stripper song…lol.
My Word—-This song carries a much more Modern Rock feel to it rather than the throwback sound the band is known for. The chorus and bridge are huge…the chorus is easy to pick up n. The power chords and the marching bass line give it that current sound that helps to keep the band relevant. This is a nice surprise.
You Got Me Twisted—-With a nice gentle introduction, this is the classic pre-requisite ballad that every band needed on a release at the beginning of the band. I wish the vocal soared a bit more…but he seems comfortable in a vocal range that is not going to continue to tax his voice in a live setting. this is nice…catchy and well constructed.
Lips Of Rain—-Another gentle ballad style track that is almost acoustic in feel…..the piano is extraordinary. The layers of feelings…between the instrumentation and the vocal make for a huge emotional song. This is a beautiful track…even though it lacks that powerful soaring vocal. As the track reaches a climax….the vocal becomes stronger.
With Love We Live Again—-Falling into a it of a rut with all of the ballad inspired tracks stacked together in a row, the song placement certainly could have been better constructed. This gentle rolling track has a atmospheric sound to it that is endearing and full of quality but it is lost in deluge of love typed inspired songs. Not a throw away…but too full of consistency.
Got Me ‘Runnin—-Nice to have a bit of a more upbeat track after three ballads in a row! This track again has a more Modern Rock feel…until the chorus kicks in…then you are transported back to the glory days of the band. The chorus is catchy and built around audience participation. I like this a lot..one of my favorites on this release…the feel is a nice mix of classic and an updated feel that fits the current climate.
My Freedom—-Returning….ONCE AGAIN! to ballad territory, I really don’t care for this track….just wishing that huge feel was more present than just on the chorus. The chorus…does contain an epic feel to it..thanks to the soaring guitars…but this falls short for me. Although we do get a classic shriek!!!
I’m So In Love With You—-Ending the release with perhaps the weakest track on the CD, this leaves me empty and uninspired. The stripped down feel of the song does not allow the band to shine…it all seems to be about the vocal…which is emotional…but a bit flat for me.
*** out of 5