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Skid Row: Revolutions Per Minute

Genre: Hard Rock
Label: SPV
Release Date: 10/24/06

Here's something a little unexpected from long-time rockers Skid Row. I've just been listening to Revolutions Per Minute, their latest release, and I have to say I'm a little impressed ... so far. While they haven't strayed a whole lot from the earlier days, they've wandered far enough for me to sit up and take notice.

Since I haven't really listened to anything from the band since Slave To The Grind, I wasn't sure if I'd like them without Sebastian Bach, but vocalist Johnny Solinger is an ideal replacement and his style compliments Skid Row perfectly. And, with three of the original members (Dave "The Snake" Sabo, Scotti Hill and Rachel Bolan) writing most the music, long time fans will still find plenty to like about Revolutions Per Minute. It offers many of the same hard-driving tunes with up-your-ass lyrics and balls-out guitar work you expect to hear from Skid Row ... with some comedy relief thrown in for good measure.

There are a couple of novelty songs on RPM ... like the punky "When God Can't Wait" and the twangy "You Lie," which is actually on the album twice, that have Skid Row ineffectively showing off their musical diversity, but it's straight up rockers like "Disease," "Shut Baby, I Love You" and "White Trash" that truly drive the album.

All in all, this album's good ... but it's not great. There are plenty of gleaming moments worthy of a few extra listens and, while I applaud their shift in direction with RPM, it may take me a li'l time to completely warm up to many of the tunes. If you're still bent on the original Skid Row lineup, Johnny Solinger should soon have you forgetting all about those days, but if you can't handle another dick in the system ... just don't listen!

Added: October 13th 2006
Reviewer: John Foxworthy
Related Link: Visit Skid Row Online
Hits: 3071
Language: english


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