The material on Skid Row is mostly typical pop-metal fluff, but since Skid Row was one of the hardest bands to find commercial success during the hair metal fad, the songs sound angrier and more aggressive than the lyrics and hooks might indicate. Part of this is due simply to the musical talent in the band, and part of it is due to vocalist Sebastian Bach; his tendency to oversing actually gives some much-needed nasty attitude to most of the songs, and when the music does match those sentiments (i.e., "Youth Gone Wild"), the results fulfill, rather than merely hint at, Skid Row's potential. But the melodies and songwriting are pretty consistent throughout the album, even if they aren't as close to true heavy metal as they sound. The hit power ballads "18 and Life" and "I Remember You" are musically generic, but Bach's over the top delivery makes them guilty pleasures as well.
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So if your looking for a classic tale of teenage angst and fairytale love affairs, this is the album for you. Sebastian not only takes you to a place of complete serenity, but also rocks your socks (off). To expect anything more than these monster ballads would take an act from a heavy metal God. Please do not listen to this whole album at once, for it will only fuel your fire to unsavory proportions. Go Skid Row!
I had never heard of Skid Row until I moved next to Scott Hill. He's my neighbor and he totally rocks!!!!Buy the cd!!!!They are sooo nice!!!!Rock on!
There is good tracks: "18 and Life", "Youth Gone Wild", "Piece of Me", "Big Gun" and a ballad "I Remember You" but the rest of the songs are too simple. The songs are about love. This is typical 80's hard rock music. Good melody but the lyrics are sometimes too boring.
Actually, no. I was only three years old when Skid Row came on the scene, but being a lover of GOOD popular music (hint hint, Xtina!), I can understand how Skid Row became a big phenomenon. While Guns N' Roses were busy recording Use Your Illusion (the TRUE followup to Appetite For Destruction), Skid Row temporary replaced them as a rough, dirty, war, ugly fivesome that brought the hard rock edge back in metal music, making one of the few likeable hair metal bands nowadays. Not even Poison, Motley Crue or Bon Jovi were a match! Sebastian Bach has got some pipes and in no way his voice high-pitched and whiny like Axl Rose's. There's nothing close on this album to Welcome To The Jungle or even Sweet Child O'Mine, but some songs here, such as 18 And Life, I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild and Can't Stand The Heartache, even stand out better than Anything Goes or Rocket Queen. I Remember You is also notable for a hair-edging feedback solo from The Snake. Scotti Hill and Rachel Bolan also feed the fire with their axes. Skid Row never really made it as big as Guns N' Roses, but they deserved to!