Mötley Crüe
The Dirt Sountrack

1. The Dirt (Est.1981) [feat. Machine Gun Kelly]
2. Red Hot
3. On with the Show
4. Live Wire
5. Merry-Go-Round
6. Take Me to the Top
7. Piece of Your Action
8. Shout at the Devil
9. Looks That Kill
10. Too Young to Fall in Love
11. Home Sweet Home
12. Girls, Girls, Girls
13. Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.)
14. Kickstart My Heart
15. Dr. Feelgood
16. Ride with the Devil
17. Crash and Burn
18. Like a Virgin

Nikki Sixx – bass, keyboards, piano, backing vocals
Mick Mars – lead guitar, backing vocals
Vince Neil – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Tommy Lee – drums, keyboards, piano, backing vocals

Too Fast for Love (1981)
Shout at the Devil (1983)
Theatre of Pain (1985)
Girls, Girls, Girls (1987)
Dr. Feelgood (1989)
Mötley Crüe (1994)
Generation Swine (1997)
New Tattoo (2000)
Saints of Los Angeles (2008)

Machine Gun Kelly
John 5

Producers: Dave Donnelly & Bob Rock

Released 2019-03-22
Reviewed 2019-05-04

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The motley crew that is known as Mötley Crüe are well-known and there are many legends and myths around them, that is probably why there was a biographical movie made about them. That movie is streaming on one of those streaming services now, I don’t have it so I haven’t seen the film but I have been listening to this soundtrack. It do consist of many of the band’s hits which have been played many times over but they have recorded four new tracks for this soundtrack, among which we find the opening track The Dirt (Est. 1981) and the ending song Like a Virgin, which of course is a cover of Madonna’s song. Eighteen tracks are on the album in total and I would say that despite a few new songs it could be described as a best of compilation and not really a new album.

The sound is of course familiar as most of the songs have been heard before, but also the new songs feels like something from that time, or like versions of the band’s earlier songs. Opening track The Dirt doesn’t give any sense of novelty; I thought it was something from an earlier album until I read the information about the album. Even Madonna’s Like a Virgin fits well and doesn’t really stand out, which kind of pinpoints the simplicity in the band’s song building. There isn’t much creativity about them, but of course they were pioneers of the sleaze, glam metal genre and many bands of today are very inspired by them, something they deserve credit for. But they are not really looking to write good songs as much as potent hit songs, which show in the fact that this album feels very dated and not as timeless as the best albums of the era.

I am not impressed by what I hear, even the old songs give the sense of déjà vu and I find that to be rather boring. The problem is that you grow tired with these songs very fast even if you haven’t heard them before as they are catchy, simple and with many repeating elements meaning that you kind of starts to grow tired with the songs towards the end of the first time you hear it. But they do of course have fans and all, and as background music when not really listening it works really well so why not have it for the lift or phone queue or something like that? Still, I cannot really help but feeling like it is a pathetic attempt of trying to capitalise on former glories and trying to get fans to buy another album without really offering anything to them – it is the same reason as to why I hate best of albums, it is meaningless and devalues the music trying to slash a career into one boring product – in this case a really dull one.

The collectors and some fans will probably buy this, hopefully no one else does. It may be an album you can listen to but at the same time it is a big waste to have made it. It is not really worth your while, perhaps the one who decided to release it should be publically humiliated for wasting people’s time with pointless albums.





Label: Eleven Seven Music
Three similar bands:
Easy Action/Poison/T-Rex
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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