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Tattoos & Tequila - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Tattoos & Tequila

Tattoos & Tequila
(Frontiers - 2010)

Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil had some free time and so he recorded an album full of cover versions plus 2 of his own songs. This album is his way to give credit to the bands / musicians he was influenced by. He got joined by Slaugher bassist Dana Strum, guitarist Jeff Blando and drummer Zoltan Chaney.
He opens up with the rocker Tattoos & Tequila, a cool rocker which would have fit to Saints Of Los Angeles. Songs like Cheap Trick's He's A Whore are pure fun. Sweet's AC/DC sounds like a late 80's Mötley Crüe rocker, so if you like the Crüe back then, you'll enjoy this one! After Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith) he offers another one of his own. Another Bad Day is a balladesque rocker, nothing more then average. But Mötley Crüe never were a ballad band and I think it's just too polished for Mr. Neil... A real surprise is the Sex Pistols punk rocker No Feelings which still has a dash of punk, but it's more like a raw Crüe tune. Another pleasant surprise his version of Another Piece Of Meat, the Scorpions classic sounds a bit different due to Neil's vocals, but still rock! And with the CCR classic Who Will Stop The Rain he slowls down and offers a Southern rocker. A quite heavy, guitar-driven version of Viva Las Vegas has not much in common with Presley's version, only the refrain sounds a bit like Elvis' version. And who would have expected an Elton John song? Well, Bitch Is Back still has the Elton John sound, but is metalized. At the ZZ Top track Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers Vince Neil shows one more time that he's good in keeping the original sound of a song and add something of his own. He's no copy cat, it's a homage to his heroes - and it's fun! This is the perfect soundtrack for a beach party! Just enjoy the cover versions and a cool drink!

Track list:

Tattoos & Tequila
He's A Whore (Cheap Trick)
AC/DC (Sweet)
Nobody's Fault (Aerosmith)
Another Bad Day
No Feelings (Sex Pistols)
Long Cool Woman (The Hollies)
Another Piece Of Meat (Scorpions)
Who Will Stop The Rain (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley)
Bitch Is Back (Elton John)
Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ Top)

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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