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Michael Monroe, Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)




Michael Monroe, Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)
CD Reviews: December 31, 2015

12/31/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Michael Monroe, Blackout States (Spinefarm Records)

1980s-hair-metal heads will vaguely remember Hanoi Rocks through the haze of cocaine that directed the decade, the nostalgic rebirth of which is rapidly fading with the advent of people taking the 1990s seriously, something that was bound to happen in the same way barfing follows a Southern Comfort chugging contest. All I remember about Hanoi Rocks was its glam-spazzing cover of Creedence’s “Around the Bend,” which was pretty cool. But never mind, the only reason I bring this up is it’s that time again, time to see if one of these bands can resist wasting everyone’s time cashing in their AARP points for a few cheap gigs at places like Club Casino and instead has something of substance to add to the current decade. At first glance it’s neither, with opening tune “This Ain’t No Love Song” dredging up Bad Religion-style dingbat-punk, then continuing with “Old King’s Road,” which would work if this generation’s ears could tolerate the New York Dolls.  And so it goes, a rowdy but slightly corporatized amalgam of Lords of the New Church meets Dropkick Murphys throwbacking that gets plenty of style points. Would Obamacare cover swan-diving into broken glass, does anyone know? A- 





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