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|2.5 average||Robbit | May 17th 16|
On their fourth album PLAY DIRTY, Girlschool is given a sonic makeover by producers Noddy Holder & Jim Lea of Slade. Keyboard textures have been added and and rougher edges of Girlschool's abrasive hard rock sound have been buffed smooth for a more radio friendly version of the band. This would seem to be an overt attempt to remold the band into the sort of pop-metal act that would be more palatable to U.S. audiences. The end result is quite disappointing as their overproduced sound removes the raw and honest urgency of their earlier records. The songwriting also isn't very good here with only a cover of T. Rex's "20th Century Boy" standing out as a highlight. This would up being the last album with Kelly Johnson and the beginning of an early decline for the band.
|2.5 average||Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR | August 1st 15|
This is basically Girlschool at their most average, and what the band played on those first few great albums wasn't particularly special either (just really solid and well performed), so Play Dirty as a whole simply seems like a bit of a rehash of all the band's flaws. The 80s glam influence is undeniable (particular in regards to the production), but there are some good moments here, notably 'Breaking All the Rules' and the heavier riff moments of 'Burning in the Heat'. Aside from that, this represents the band going through the motions.
|4.0 excellent||aaronrgw | December 17th 18|
|3.0 good||Faustus | September 22nd 16|
|3.5 great||Aion | March 8th 15|
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