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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Mötley Crüe – Generation Swine (1997)

MotleyCrue_Swine.jpg0.5 out of 5 Stars!

After probably the BEST Motley Crue album featuring the excellent vocalist John Corabi, the band returned with this piece of utter shit! Seriously, what the fuck is this crap? Mötley Crüe playing Alternative Rock? Give me a break!

I listened to the album (barely) twice, but couldn’t stand the sound of it, and Vince’s vocals are the worst in history. Why the band fired Corabi in order to lure Vince back into the fold (a less competent singer if I have ever heard one) is a mystery.

Needless to say, I never again listened to this album, nor did I purchase any subsequent release by this band. The John Corabi album was the best the band ever did, and sorry to say, they never recovered from the loss. Greed…ah, yes, greed…the previous album didn’t sell a g’zillion units, so they attempted to make magic with the old singer and got nothing but crap (and half the sales) for their efforts. I hope they learned a valuable lesson for their lust for greed.