Skid Row was one of the best bands of the pre-alternative “hair-band” era. It’s unfortunate that Skid Row has been lumped in with bands like Warrant and Poison, because Skid Row rocked a lot harder than those bands. I would go as far as to say that Skid Row were second only to Guns N’ Roses as the best mainstream rock band of the late 80s, early 90s. Skid Row has always had a knack for writing heavy, catchy, infectious riffs with good sing-along choruses. Sebastian Bach was, in my opinion, second only to Axl Rose as the best singer/frontman of the late 80s/early 90s.
Although Skid Row’s debut is their best selling album, it’s not their best work. It pales in comparison to their masterpiece “Slave to the Grind” (1991) and the underrated “Subhuman Race” (1995). Although it’s still better than the Bach-less “Thickskin” (2003).
Skid Row’s debut is slightly generic, although it’s still a strong album. The highlights include the ballads “18 and Life,” “I Remember You,” and the anthem “Youth Gone Wild.” The rest of the album is by-the-numbers standard 80s metal. But they’re still all good songs.
If you want to check out Skid Row, I recommend the follow-up album “Slave to the Grind.” But Skid Row’s debut is still a good CD. If you are looking for a good 80s metal record, this album should please you.