In ‘Generation Swine’, Motley Crue blends metal, industrial and a dose of punk into a crunchy, flavorful and #@$%!-kicking album. Although there are a couple of weak tracks(specifically Glitter and Brandon), all in all it is a strong and revealing insight into the musical direction of the best rock and roll band on the face of the earth. Motley Crue has always created waves musically and culturally, and The Bad Boys of Rock have always gone in directions that no other band has had the talent or foresight to go. Blasted by “expert” critics their entire career (who then went on to praise copycat bands), Crue has always been a fan favorite and will once again please with a fantastic album. With killer riffs, pounding drums and tight vocals, the always lyrically gifted Crue have reunited and produced great songs such as ‘Find Myself’, ‘Afraid’, ‘Flush’, ‘Generation Swine’, ‘Let Us Prey’ et.al., and the newly done/remixed version of ‘Shout At The Devil’ is a masterpiece (again!). Look forward to forthcoming Crue albums as the four original Bad Boys crank out high voltage mayhem for the new millenium. As always, Nikki, Tommy, Mick and Vince will have the last laugh on the “critics” and nay-sayers.
Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2008.Generation Swine has the potential to be visceral and contemporary, and on tracks like ”Find Myself” and ”Let Us Prey,” Motley Crue actually meld metal and industrial into a high-voltage hybrid. But too often, the group lapses into cheeseball melodies and wimpy choruses that undermine its more inventive efforts. And if the band was trying to prove to the world that it’s still hungry and forward-thinking, it should have thought twice before including a revamped version of the 14-year-old song ”Shout At the Devil.” –Jon Wiederhorn
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As much as it pains me to say it, this was not the Crue’s best effort to date. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad but I just don’t think it came across as Motley Crue. When I listen to it I don’t hear the things that made Motley great in the past, obviously this is due to the stylistic departure the guys wanted to exercise in order to, I’m guessing, reinvent themselves and appeal to a younger fanbase. If not for the fact that this was a Crue album I think it may have actually been more well recieved, but this album was so radically different from anything they had done before I think it caught allot of people off guard, including myself. It was a ballsy move on their part to do something like this, but I guess that is what Motley has always been about. The song Afraid asks “Are you afraid of change?” evidently the Crue are not. There are some good tracks though, Beauty, Afraid, A Rat Like Me, all have subtle shadings of a more familiar Motley Crue sound. Let Us Prey was actually one of my favorites, because it was so heavy and different. This was more of an experiment if anything I think, it was definately a departure but I think it has its good points. Was as good as other Crue albums, no. Was it a bad album, no. Not really Motley Crue as I see them, but still worth adding to the collection.
This album hella ROCKED! . All the songs on the album kicked … “Brandon” was a song written and sung by Tommy dedicated to he’s newly born son. I would have done the same thing. “Glitter” is a Motley ballet that should not be overlooked. It is up there with “Home Sweet Home”. Buy it!
some of you reviewers embarass me as a crue fan. especially the poser who is no longer a crue fan because of this album. good, we dont need you anyway(fair weather fan). shout 97 was the saviour of this album. its the primary reason i listened again and again…the only reason i learned the other songs. probably my least fav crue album..but you dont turn you back on your band cuz they put out a less than perfect (in your opinion) album. shout is nikki’s creation..he can do/redo it any way he wants to…i thought it rocked…although i do not care for the album as a whole. still a crue fan till the end.
It’s unfortunate that this last collaboration with the original members of Motley Crue was their best, and sold the least. The members of Motley Crue have grown as human beings, and as song writers. It’s too bad that most of their fans have not. This album demonstrates some of the most intense drumming Tommy Lee has released, and the most meaningful message that Nikki Sixx has ever given. I understand that growing up with Motley Crue was all about sex, drugs, and rock n roll. However, they have matured and the true Crue fans should too. From an artistic and creative point of view, this is the best Motley album ever recorded.