Tommy Lee
Tommyland: The Ride


3.0
good

Review

by USER (43 Reviews)
September 8th, 2005 | 21 replies | 8,057 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Tommy Lee might be best known for his drumming work for Mötley Crüe, but this album shows the softer side of his songwriting. He's fluent mix of listener-friendly songs and catchy melodies really shows itself on this album, filled to the brim with guest singers and musicians.

The album flows quite nicely into the well polished "Good Times". It's a really fun track to listen to, made up of an acoustic chord progression laid over an electric melody of bass and drumming. Tommy's voice is strong, and sounds nice over the harmony of the music. This leads into "Hello Again", a more downbeat follow-up. It's slow tempo and guitar melody placed over a bright piano piece by Mr. McMahon (As a favour for doing drums on Jack's Mannequin's Everything In Transit) sounds amazingly cheery for such a slow song.

"Tryin' To Be Me" is a much more rockier song, beginning with a distorted riff and leading into a sort of Lenny Kravitz-esque song. Perfectly produced instruments play some loud and hard riffs and beats, and Tommy's gritty voice sounds better of this than the previous tracks. "Sister Mary" is a much more heavier song, and sounds like a rock ballad more than anything else. The blend of bassy riffs and the right amount of pop notes is what makes this song work well.

We are then treated to a skit from "Tommy's Butler", which is a blatent parody of British lifestyle. This leads us straight into "Tired", the chorud of which is sung by none other than Joel Madden. Poking fun at Tommy's career and lifestyle, this is another MTV-friendly pop-rock song that fits nicely into this CD. This is gladly followed up by probably the highlight of the album. "I Need You" yet again features Andrew McMahon, and is a heartfelt piano ballad mixed with electronic soundsand a string orchestra. Luckily, this is sung by Andrew and it sounds brilliant and pours with emotion.

"Make Believe" brings another level to the album, sounding more like a post-grunge anthem for the teen kids of the Kerrang world. Chad Kroeger's addition to the song isn't anything special, and the song is very much downbeat and quiet. It's OK, not one of the best on the album though. "Makin' Me Crazy" is another pop-rock summer anthem, in which Tommy is joined by Brit-chick singer Dirty Harry. Their voices sound great together, and the music is polished and melodic.

"Watch You Lose" is another song which builds up gradually, from acoustic palm-muting to a full on heavy and distorted chorus. It switches styles of music quickly, and Tommy's voice sounds good over the top of it. Now, Nick Carter makes his guest appearance. "Say Anything" is surprisingly another fun pop-rock song to enjoy. His voice isn't bad, but Tommy's voice overshadows it a lot thanks to it's deeper tone. The album ends with a beautiful acoustic version of "Hello Again", and even with the accomaniment of Andrew, it still sounds very emotional and anthemic.

Considering what Tommy is known for making in music, this album will turn a few heads on first listens. The music doesn't differ as much as it could do, and is quite downbeat in general. All these songs could be played on the radio and you probably wouldn't know it was him. Yet, there are flaws. The structure of a lot of the songs is similar to each other, and it's music isn't entirely original. There are one or two exceptions, but most are hard to place and have no memorable features other than their guest appearances. This makes the record drag out a little bit, and it's sometimes difficult to resist the urge to skip to the next track.

That being said, it's a decent attempt at making a solid pop-rock record, and has a lot of good songs on it. Tommy's voice sounds strong and deep, and the album starts out in a blistering fashion.



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masada
September 8th 2005



2733 Comments


Rolling Stone gave this 2 stars. Looks like there are a bit too many guest spots and things like that, but I wouldn't mind listening to Tommy Lee. That is, if I were forced to.

Storm In A Teacup
September 8th 2005



12687 Comments


While Tryin' to be Me is a more rockier song it doesn't sound like Kravitz cause Lenny is TOTAL S**T!

Motleyguy
October 5th 2005



118 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow, okay this album had some good spots, and Tommy is my hero...but on a whole, it isn't very good.

morrissey
Moderator
October 8th 2005



1688 Comments


That single SUCKS. Holy God I can't believe that song actually gets airplay. That being said, I like some Tommy stuff and what I've heard of Butch Walker, but man the combination is just gaaaaaaaaah.

It doesn't inspire me to go within 100 miles of this album but nice review.

morrissey
Moderator
October 8th 2005



1688 Comments


You take that back :mad:

Seriously, the album is pretty bad.

I love ya but you have to know when to admit your heroes sucks ass.

morrissey
Moderator
October 8th 2005



1688 Comments


Haha I can't believe ass is censored.



Zaine
October 26th 2005



199 Comments


they let him go solo??? he can sing??? i am so confused. i cant imagine this would be worth buying. decent review though.

SyphonAss
December 20th 2005



141 Comments


"yes although tommy lee is my idol because im a drummer and he shows people that drummers can turn out to be pretty cool cause he plays drums and ****s pamela anderson sometimes at the same time."

right on brother

SyphonAss
December 20th 2005



141 Comments


i don't know how to do that quote thingy

sgrevs
December 20th 2005



698 Comments


I agree with morrissey so much. What the hell, they let this drek stand? Tommy Lee is knob personified.

NuMetalMania
December 30th 2005



325 Comments


This guy is a joke.....i dont beleive any one on earth could take this guy seriously. Might be good for a laugh or two, thats about it!

Knowname
February 6th 2006



16 Comments


Well decent review,
I like the album to an extent though. When I listen to him on this CD, I think he would be a god in front of a crowd singing these songs at a camfire boozing with a bunch of buddies. But, like in the review there really isn't alot of uniqueness in this album. Yeah, most songs could get airplay but not turn many heads doing so. This CD was great for me though because it was totally out of the norm to what I expected it to be. I mean just listen to his previous two solo albums, this is way off the beaten path. I find this album to be a fun listen especially good times, how can that song not make you wanna just chill out laugh and crack a cold one. Hello again is a deep song because I interpret it him basically writing to his father who passed on. Every song is pretty fun which makes the whole album a good summer listen. Hell, I give him mad props though, he even made decent songs with some pretty frickin lame ass guests on this album! Next album Tommy, pick some respectable musicians I know you have more credible names than Joel Madden and Nick Carter, but then again you did bang bullwinkle for her pimp ass ride!

morrissey
Moderator
February 6th 2006



1688 Comments


Oh my I thought I had convinced you.

morrissey
Moderator
February 6th 2006



1688 Comments


Hahah healerphilia? At least he knows his lame side band sucks.This Message Edited On 02.06.06

morrissey
Moderator
February 6th 2006



1688 Comments


Johnny does. I'm confused too, let's just agree Tommy sucks and leave it at that.

morrissey
Moderator
February 6th 2006



1688 Comments


Funny I was going to buy Blood on the Tracks for your birthday or easter or cinco de mayo or international grandparent's day or somethingThis Message Edited On 02.06.06

rockstar18
December 14th 2006



741 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Am not to keen on this album!

NEVERfade
August 21st 2010



376 Comments


I think Joel Madden done a good job

YankeeDudel
October 17th 2012



9305 Comments


good times

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