Mötley Crüe - New Tattoo review
01. Hell On High Heels
02. Treat Me Like The Dog I Am
03. New Tattoo
04. Dragstrip Superstar
05. 1st Band On The Moon
06. She Needs Rock N' Roll
07. Punched In The Teeth By Love
08. Hollywood Ending
10. Porno Star
11. White Punks On Dope
12. Timebomb [Track bonus]
The 80s were glorious for Motley Crue, well, i cannot say the same thing for the 90s since the band had to overcome many problems in various factors. Line-up changes, something not good for the coherence of the band since the Motley Crue line-up to offer masterpieces was and will always be the Vince Neil/Nikki Sixx/Tommy Lee/Mick Mars one and since someone was missing the outcome was not so good. And the history proved that this really happened judging from albums like "Motley Crue" and "Generation Swine" which were decadent albums, but literally and not with the decadence of being bad-ass and dirty that added to the aesthetic of their music.
Well, the Motleys really need an at least good album to get out of the lake of mediocrity and the new millenium opened for them in the most appropriate way with "New Tattoo". Without Tommy Lee still, but this didn't seem to influence them since Randy Castillo did a really good job on the drumming factor. After a decade of doing just nothing or releasing bad albums "New Tattoo" appeared as a Messiah for the band and inspiration stuck on them for one more time like a "new tattoo" indeed!
The guitars sound once again inspired and the riffing is really good and above all... dirty! From time time the riffing ends into really beautiful and good-sounding and well-executed guitar solos that make the song roll even more! Apparently, the guitar work is really good and it's a strong reason to try and forget the "Motley Crue" and "Generation Swine", let's say, releases. The rhythm section plays its role really well, lending that "bad boy boogie" groove the band requires in the most appropriate way. The vocals remain dirty and Vince Neil shows that no matter how many years may pass he still is one of the most wonderful vocalists out there when it comes to glam/sleaze hard rock! You put all these elements together, along with good song-writing and a mood to come back to the top and forget the blurry 90s, and you get "New Tattoo", an album that brought back the hope to the hearts of the Motley Crue fan base that the band will offer something strong in the forthcoming future.
As for highlights...
I think the album flows as one, really. But if you want me to pick up some songs i wouldn't forget to mention the utterly dirty and rolling dynamites "Hell On high Heels", "Treat Me Like The Dog I Am", "Dragstrip Superstar", "1st Band On The Moon" and "Punched In The Teeth By Love" or the softer "Hollywood Ending".
Every Motley Crue fan should own this album, it's not something that will remain in the history of rock like their 80s career, but after all it's a really good release showing that the band is actually back. And we're still waiting for the forth-coming album of the Motleys...
||Written on 28.12.2005 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."|
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