Review Summary: It's repetititve and bland most of the time, but it still has a few good songs on it.
Every band has a breakthrough album that launched them to the bigtime. For Twised Sister it was 1984's Stay Hungry
Twisted Sister is:
Dee Snider - Vocals
A.J. Pero - Drums
Mark "The Animal" Mendoza - Bass
Jay Jay French - Guitars
Eddie Ojeda - Guitars
Although Stay Hungry
is considered to be Twisted Sister's best, it really just isn't that good. The whole thing is a bland repetitive mess. Tracks like Stay Hungry
and Don't Let Me Down
ruin themselves by repeating the uninteresting chorus 4 or 5 times. The tracks I just mentioned also ruin themselves by having very generic lyrics and they're just overall bland songs.
Certain tracks also just kind of plod along without showing any signs of being interesting. Songs such as the first part of Horror-Teria
, Captain Howdy, and the last song on the album SMF
. The first part of Horror-Teria
just kind of drags along. I also don't see why the two tracks contained in Horror-Teria
weren't just split up, the two parts show no signs of being the same song at all.
Maybe this album would have been better if the musicianship had been a little better. Jay Jay French seems to have the guitar ability of an 8th grader and can't write a decent guitar part to save his life, sans a few songs. Twisted Sister as a whole sounds like it's a band of 8th graders. The drums aren't anything special and I had a hard time hearing bass the whole time I was listening to this. This is Hair Metal however, and hair metal doesn't require the talent of Eddie Van Halen or John Bonham.
There are some good points to this album though. Songs like I Wanna Rock
and Burn in Hell
managed to capture my attention and hold it for the whole songs. Burn in Hell
is just a cool song altogether and I Wanna Rock
is a great rock anthem that's fun to listen to. The album also takes a break from the blandness in the middle for it's only ballad The Price
. In my opinion it was one of the best songs on the album. The second part of Horror-Teria
, Street Justice was way better than its counterpart, Captain Howdy.
There were also some average songs on this such as We're Not Gonna Take It
and The Beast
. The Beast partly ruins itself like Stay Hungry
and gets a little repetitive but is a little more interesting than it.
Overall, this album is very bland and repetitive, but it has its good songs here and there. This should only be purchased as a whole if you're a die hard hair metal fan. Otherwise, here are the tracks I would recommend:
I Wanna Rock
Burn In Hell