Badlands
Badlands


4.0
excellent

Review

by KJ USER (32 Reviews)
June 21st, 2012 | 41 replies | 2,269 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Should you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a ‘69 Charger, this might not be a bad soundtrack for the ride.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Jake E Lee had already accomplished more than most aspiring musicians can dream of after being asked by Ronnie James Dio to play guitar for him in 1982, and then Ozzy Osbourne just a year later. After two platinum albums with Ozzy (Bark at the Moon, The Ultimate Sin), Lee assumed he had a permanent gig with the prince of darkness; however, this illusion of security instantly disintegrated when Lee was unexpectedly fired via telegram while enjoying time-off at his home in Los Angeles. By now (1987), Lee was already a household name in guitar-playing and was credited as creator of some of the greatest riffs the 80’s had to offer; but rather than admitting he’d reached the pinnacle of the music industry and that his time was over, Jake E Lee decided he still had plenty of fuel in the tank for another run.

After aggressively pursuing the perfect front man for a new project, Lee selected Ray Gillen as the man, and the two created Badlands. By 1989 they released their self-titled debut album which soared with classic riffs, solos, and that good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll spirit Americans came to love. Different than Ozzy, this new monster had more blues influence, less distortion on the guitar, and a style that was special to our nation‘s heritage. While Ozzy was busy reinventing his band with Zakk Wylde, Lee was going in the opposite direction- with a slightly softer sound, more reminiscent of classic rock bands like Zeppelin.

From start to finish, Badlands is a refreshing record packed with riffs and memorable choruses. Hard driver, riding alone. ‘Cause I’m not lookin’ back and I’m never comin’ home! Furthermore, the drum grooves are simple. The song structures are simple. The solos are respectable, but also usually simple in design. Frankly, it’s close to everything one could want from an album of its type.

The production is atypical for its era as well; the 80’s were often characterized by exaggerated, reverberating drums; Badlands is just the opposite, again, sound more in line with an earlier time. This simplicity on the back-end was beneficial for Badlands’ sound though because it allowed for Lee’s guitar work and Gillen’s vocals to simultaneously take over and maintain the spotlight. Jake E. Lee is arguably as great as he was on Bark at the Moon too as he presents us with a variety of different types of solos. Some are fast, like in “Dancing on the Edge” where he’s shredding pentatonic like he’s damn Vinnie Moore, and yet in others like “Streets Cry Freedom”, Lee is unconventional and uses his axe to produce eery, sustaining noises that were still pretty unique for the time. “Hard Driver” is yet another notable example of an excellent solo at the hands of Lee. The man truly had a knack for creating exceptional mainstream Rock solos.

1989’s Badlands is an example of well-done Rock ‘n Roll; while it can’t compare to the legends of the genre, many would offer that it is still a classic. There’s something special about a bare-bones rock n’ roll band who keep it simple but can still stand out from the pack. So, in the case that you don’t have a spare vintage muscle car sitting around, at least go post up in the garage with an ice cold beer and jam this one loud.



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KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What's up, Sput friends?

TheNotrap
June 21st 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Great, my country just won an important match.

Jake E Lee was always deeply underrated. Great guitar player.
Album is good.

Have a pos KJ.

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Jake E Lee was always deeply underrated"

Couldn't agree more Trap, his style was so unique and he was actually really skilled too. If I had to pick a single greatest song of the '80s, i might choose Bark at the Moon.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

You know your music man. Bark at the Moon is my fav Ozzy track.
Jake's ending solo is one of the finest leads ever made.

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That outro solo is so easy too but Jake makes it sound incredible. Hell, every single note played in that song is perfection.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah his leads aren't technically amazing, but it's all about the feeling.

IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


I just neg'd your review because you're an idiot for posting two reviews on the same day and not respecting other users.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

C'mon man...

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Yeah his leads aren't technically amazing, but it's all about the feeling."

His picking is still solid though, man. Listen to "Dancing on the Edge" from this album and the song BatM. He's definitely superior to the average mainstream guitarist.

"C'mon man..."

right.

IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


You're a long time user Notrap. I'm sure you know of the ethical codes of this website. It's quite annoying when someone out of sheer desire to pollute the main page with too many reviews doesn't show consideration for other users. He's done it consistently for the last 3 days.

IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


At least I'm not insecure to the point that when I'm unbanned I need to make a list about it. Stop steeling your mom's weed for god's sake.

IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


And the lack of intelligent words manifest's himself.

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ugh oh, sounds like I offended someone by writing too many reviews. Didn't realize the internet was so cut-throat.

TheNotrap
June 21st 2012



7983 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

m/


IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


"Ugh oh, sounds like I offended someone by writing too many reviews. Didn't realize the internet was so cut-throat"

it is. what are you trying to accomplish? Should I be expecting you to post two reviews per day? Do you have an ethics? you call sput people your "friends" but you disregard them with disrespect. You're a pretty lol user.

IntellectualMind
June 21st 2012



36 Comments


Is redundancy your lot in life Sonic? Why are you holding back your tongue? Are you afraid of getting banned again?

Killerhit
June 21st 2012



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That bitch isn't afraid of getting banned

you're just being a sensitive dumbass

KjSwantko
June 21st 2012



9054 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Killer, what's good brother? I see you were just jammin the other Badlands albums today

Killerhit
June 21st 2012



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thread gave me desire

voodoo highway is m/

Killerhit
June 21st 2012



5209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Made me remember ah needed ta rate Dusk and voodoo



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