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Motley Crue - 1994 Motley Crue

ARTIST: Motley Crue
ALBUM: Motley Crue
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 61534-2
YEAR: 1994
CD REISSUE: 2000, Eleven Seven, ESM 351 * 2003, Universal, 038 666-2


LINEUP: John Corabi - vocals * Mick Mars - guitars * Nikki Six - bass * Tommy Lee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Power To The Music * 02 Uncle Jack * 03 Hooligan's Holiday * 04 Misunderstood * 05 Loveshine * 06 Poison Apples * 07 Hammered * 08 'Til Death Do Us Part * 09 Welcome To The Numb * 10 Smoke The Sky * 11 Droppin Like Flies * 12 Driftaway * 13 Hypnotized * 14 Babykills * 15 Livin' In The Know


After a decade of dominating the North American hard rock scene Motley Crue sacked vocalist Vince Neil in less than acrimonious circumstances during 1992. With Neil gone and heading straight into his first solo album 'Exposed', the Crue made the best decision of their career and hired The Scream's John Corabi, a more deep throated and traditional hard rock belter. The self-titled album was two years in coming and hideously over budget, but it turned out to be Motley's heaviest album since 'Shout At The Devil' as well as one of the best of the whole sorry 90's hard rock scene. Although it reached no 7, the album quickly faded from the charts, the Crue out of favour with a grunge orientated rock scene.

The Songs
Masters of the anthem, Motley don't mess about, launching into 'Power To The Music', far more bottom ended courtesy of Sixx's bass and with chunky riffing from Mars. Corabi's range is instantly more tangible than the one dimensional pitch of Neil, giving the sound some credibilty. There's a stunning trio of memorable tunes immediately following, 'Uncle Jack, 'Hooligan's Holiday' and 'Misunderstood', all melodic while remaining aggressive, a Crue trait ended in 1983! 'Loveshine' is Led Zeppelin like acoustic fare, very pleasant in tone and ultra commercial. 'Poison Apples' is a slight 80's throwback, but in reality it's classic rock that fits any decade. 'Hammered' and 'Til Death To Us Part' are slow, sludge like tunes, intensely moody, the exact opposite of the faster 'Smoke the Sky', with what sounds like fifty guitarists riffing at once to massive impact. Listening to 'Droppin Like Flies' reminds one of 1989 in the verses, but the band are happy to conclude affairs with more acoustics, this time 'Driftaway', aptly titled with it's light, dreamy feel.

In Summary
Despite producing a latter day classic, the Crue were accused of flirting with grunge, an incorrect observation. The styles range from 70's through 90's, the first time Motley Crue had diversified their sound. The tour unfortunately was a major flop, with shows ending up in clubs as Motley found out the hard way that 80's rock was obselete in the mainstream, fair or unfair. Typically the fault was laid at the shoulders of Corabi and as the band readied their next album, Vince Neil was brought back at the whim of Elektra who decided Neil would bring the glory days back. Thankfully he hasn't, and after two insufferable albums, 1997's 'Generation Swine' and 2000's 'New Tattoo', the Crue seem to have packed it in, with more interest in their sordid past than their music. With Corabi the band could have gone on to do anything, their loss. Satisfy yourself with their lone masterpiece.

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#1 | jeffduran on March 31 2008 00:24:26
Agree! Just an overlooked piece of raw rock if there ever was one! Puts 'Dr. Feelgood' to shame in terms of sonic ferocity! The band playing their asses off. clap
#2 | gdazegod on March 31 2008 01:23:51
A review of the MC debut 'Too Fast For Love' is in the works.
#3 | MUSCLE on March 28 2010 18:20:10
this is the stuff right here. supreme hard rock. corabi kills it on vocals.
#4 | reyno-roxx on March 28 2010 19:53:20
A very underrated record. Corabi rules...should've joined Britny Fox though when he was offered it Grin but he had the pre-The Scream gig with Angora going on at the time.
#5 | spawn71 on May 25 2013 16:54:56
I agree with the other comments... When it was released I simply didn't like it so much, but now I think that it's really a great record, one of the peaks of Crue's career!
#6 | Explorer on December 19 2013 12:28:33
Superb...overlooked at the time, but now rightly seen as a great album.
#7 | gdazegod on March 02 2014 00:50:50
Pity John Corabi got the shaft after this album. We probably should look at The Scream album on these pages too..
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