Mötley Crüe – Mötley Crüe (1994)

MotleyCrue_MotleyCrue5 out of 5 Stars!

The criminally underrated (and best) Crüe album, bar none! Indeed, the only problem I have with this album is the name of the band on the cover—had Mötley Crüe changed its famous moniker when Vince Neil left the group after the Dr. Feelgood album, sure, name recognition may have been a stumbling block when it came to sales (ain’t that what the publicity department at a record label is supposed to counteract?), but perhaps the record-buying public wouldn’t have been so horribly and unfairly critical of this terrific album.

New vocalist John Corabi (The Scream/Union/Dead Daisies/etc.) suffered severe and unnecessary lambasting from “Vince” fans, yet his performance on this album (or, frankly, on any album on which he appears) is simply stunning. His gruff tone and emotional delivery on each of the slamming tracks—”Power to the Music,” “Hooligan’s Holiday,” “Poison Apples,” “Smoke the Sky,” “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” “Uncle Jack,” to name but a few of my favorites—added a certain je ne sais quoi to the band’s overall heftier, dirtier, grungier sound, not to mention how he seemed to add necessary octane to the aging band, and spice to the lyrics that was dreadfully missing on many of the previous “Vince” albums. And with some Blues Rock influences being apparent on several tracks (reminding me of Corabi’s work with The Scream) mixed with Mötley Crüe’s updated, revitalized style, the band produced something truly special here, never to be repeated.

So to me, this 1994 release is a 5-Star corker through and through, and Mötley Crüe never sounded more accomplished, more dastardly, or more driven!

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