Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll
Our brother Mike Lebrain, He Of Incredible Rawk Knowledge gave me this CD. I’ve been excited to get to this review, as I expect this album to be a sweaty rock out extravaganza. Let’s find out!
The Kids Are Back is a bottom-heavy solid rock song chugger, a perfect album opener in the classic mode. Like A Knife In The Back stomps along nicely, another blast of heavy barroom rawk. I love the interplay between the drawn out “I neeeed this” and then the seemingly all-one-word “likeaknifeintheback.” Haha fun. Damn this band is tight. I read Dee’s book (Shut Up And Give me The Mic) and I know how hard he says they worked. This sound is earned.
Ride To Live, Live To Ride picks up the pace, a wise move. I love how busy the bottom end is during the chorus. I bet that lots of bikers loved this track. Talk about song-writing from the How To Appeal To Your Leather-Clad Audience textbook! Next up is I Am (I’m Me), a cool manifesto of a song. It’s definitely a precursor to the attitude of We’re Not Gonna Take It. Probably a fun sing-along in a live setting.
The Power And The Glory starts out with a bass-heavy throb (man, the bass is hitting me fully on every track on this record!). Then it crashes into a really bluesy monster. You just can’t help but nod your head in time to this one. And then, eventually, the song takes off at full gallop. Wooo! This is definitely a highlight track, for me.
We’re Gonna Make It (but We’re Not Gonna Take It? haha) is yet another hard-hitting rocker. Holy hell this album is relentless. Also, the song title here is a nice self-fulfilling prophecy. I’ve Had Enough is a decent fuck you song, which is very melodic. Man, the bass is still front and center. Loving it. I’ll Take you Alive is another blaster. I’m getting wrung out by this damn album. The energy in every track is unreal. Woohooo! Liked the drum ending here, too.
You’re Not Alone (Suzette’s Song) is the first slower/ballad-type track, and it’s next to last on the album! I knew this song was going to be sappy, having read his book. He really does love that lady, and it’s great to see. Power to them. That said, I’m not sure I’ll need to play this track often, though it’s a nice sentiment and all. It’s a good addition to the record which, up until now, seemed bent on running me ragged.
And finally, we have the title track, which cranks things back up, one last chance go nuts before we reach the end of the record. And (no surprises) it’s a great rock tune.
In sum, I just have one question: where the hell has this record been my whole life? Why did I not own this ages ago? This is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long while, and if you’ve been following along on this site, you’ll know that I’ve heard a lot of great music over the past however long. Holy hell, this record was freakin’ awesome.
Thanks heaps, Mike!