Twisted Sister
Love Is For Suckers


1.5
very poor

Review

by Robbit USER (32 Reviews)
August 6th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Originally conceived as a Dee Snider solo record, this one fails the almighty sniff test.

Devoted metal fans can be intuitive about whether or not an album is cool enough to own and this one did NOT pass my initial sniff test. Many SMF’s probably wouldn't even consider purchasing this after beholding the silly, hair metal styled album cover. Originally conceived as a Dee Snider solo album, record company pressure convinced him to finish LOVE IT FOR SUCKERS as a Twisted Sister album. Of course, most fans had little idea about these backroom politics when they heard it for the first time.

For starters, the band sounds as if they were trying WAY too hard to imitate their contemporaries. LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS is an insipid pop-metal album full of bombastic choruses that very few self respecting Twisted Sister fans would actually sing along with. These songs simply reeked of the formula they were carefully contrived from. Exhibit A would be the single “Hot Love”, which is full of the same clichéd guitar techniques and sounds as you might find on a Winger record.

Although Jay Jay & Eddie’s guitars sound more distorted and aggressive here than on prior records, this may have been a vain attempt to toughen up the band’s sound. That strategy fails miserably as it makes them sound amateurish for not having selected complementary guitar tones for these songs.

Original drummer A. J. Pero was replaced by Joey Franco for this record. A. J.’s powerful drumming provided a sturdy and propulsive backbone for the band, so his absence is certainly felt here. However, I won’t fault Joey for his efforts here, as the drumming seems to be the least of the problems found on this album.

The decision to finish LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS as a Twisted Sister album had disastrous consequences for the fate of the band, many of whom were also quite unhappy with the album. Just two months after the August 12, 1987 release of the album, Dee Snider announced his decision to leave Twisted Sister, effectively silencing the group for the next years 17 years. After reuniting in 2004, Twisted Sister avoided playing any material from this album for fear of stirring up bad memories from this era. However, they relented in 2012 and elected to perform “Wake Up (The Sleeping Giant)” again, which was the only song on this record I’d choose as a highlight.

To be fair, Dee Snider had always incorporated a very strong pop-metal element into his songwriting. Their prior record COME OUT AND PLAY alternated between aggressive numbers like the title track and “Kill Or Be Killed” with lighthearted pop-metal moments, such as their cover of “Leader Of The Pack”.

I believe the main problem here is that he tries to combine these two styles within each song. The mixture winds up being too pop for metalheads and too noisy for pop-metal fans. When regarded as a Dee Snider solo record, I can be slightly more understanding of what he was trying to do, but still not love the outcome. As a Twisted Sister fan, I’d view this as an ill-conceived misstep that bordered on sacrilege.



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facupm
August 6th 2015


11671 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

album is for suckers agreed pos

idontcareaboutthis
August 6th 2015


952 Comments


what is with albums that suck that have a women's lips on the cover

DeadGuy
August 6th 2015


1048 Comments


Except for Dax Riggs

Ebola
August 6th 2015


3884 Comments


does this sound like opeth

idontcareaboutthis
August 6th 2015


952 Comments


nah m8, tool

Sabrutin
August 6th 2015


7196 Comments


Jam Stay Hungry and forget about this.


MrSirLordGentleman
August 6th 2015


13623 Comments


Stay Hungry is actually an excellent album, but I doubt the same happens with the rest of their discography

hikingmetalpunk
August 6th 2015


2208 Comments


loved these guys in pee wee's big adventure

thetempler
September 13th 2018


90 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree with the review to an extent but there are a couple of ok tracks on it and if I'm honest I like Hot love



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