STARWOOD - If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!
Judging by the title of the album, you might be inclined to think that you are in for a snotty punk attitude ride, but this release is much more Poison than Pistols. Starwood take a page from the Hanoi Rocks songbook on this album, which is packed with the type of teenage angst that fueled the fires of bands like Guns and Roses, L.A. Guns and Motley Crue’s early affairs.
‘Won’t Back Down’ features a break that is largely reminiscent of early KISS, while the lyrics take on a rebellious tone. The bands choruses are memorable and on ‘What’s Your Damage’ the band invokes the much ignored Rock City Angels. The fact is that Starwood succeed in interweaving these various influences into some great, quality rock music.
There is a Sunset Strip feel to these songs that no band has managed to capture in some time without coming off as clichéor played out. It’s really great to hear a group that revives the feelings of those great bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s which meant so much to so many. These songs are really enjoyable and it’s one of those records that will have you singing along in no time at all.
‘Social Zero’ kicks off with some angry GN’R style soloing and moves to a some cool different instances of vocals which compliment the music nicely. Not as hard or abrasive as many groups trying to rekindle this style, the group does however bring about the same teen angst lyrical messages like “I’m a social Zero…I don’t belong. ”The difference in this brand of message in relation to the mutant grunge style this fashion of sonic art spawned, is that this type of angst is fun, not depressing…
The title track does remind me of what you would hear at a packed show at the Whiskey or Rainbow… Starwood pose as the ultimate bar band very well. “Backlash’ is a riotous affair, with another chorus primed for crowd participation, while “You’re So Real’ is the definitive1:55 A.M. tune designed to get the crowd hyped up for that final round of shots. This song is a souped up Faster Pussycat with its scathing glammed out vox and full frontal, energizing verse.
Starwood deliver the glam metal goods with a 2000 twist. Currently on a UK trek in support of Vince Neil, they are sure to win over many fans across the ocean before heading back to spread a new appetite for destruction across the
U.S.Rating: 7.5/10 Starwood – If It Ain't Broke, Break It! (Metal Blade)