Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
The Crue is back in its original form for the first time in ten years and unlike that album ten years ago, this one rocks. There are some throwaway tracks on this record that are a little hard to stomach like “Chicks = Trouble”, but there are so many kick-ass songs on this record that the crappy tracks just seem like footnotes. “Just Another Psycho” is just a good Motley Crue song and that goes the same with about 80 percent of this record. The album rocks through the first five tracks, goes down for a second and then just continues to rock like no other Crue record has done since 1989. As far as a band goes you can’t criticize instrumentation or anything like that- it’s Motley Crue! Vince Neil sounds a little older on this record, but yes that’s expected. Nikki Sixx generally just melts faces through the entire album and creates what could be an entire Rock Band add-on pack. It’s ridiculous how good the guitars are written/recorded/played on this album. It’s a huge part of the formula that’s made Motley Crue so successful over the years but it’s also what’s missing from a lot of mainstream rock that’s released these days. Great songs from this album include, “Saints of Los Angeles”, “L.A.M.F.”, “Down at the Whisky”, “Just Another Psycho”, and “Goin’ Out Swingin’.” And those are just the standout tracks that come to mind on this album- for the most part everything here is sold with a few toilet tracks. This is easily Motley Crue’s best work since 1989, and although it’s not exactly a world-changing experience it’s nice to have Motley Crue back with a good album.