New Tattoo review by Mötley Crüe

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  • Released: Jul 11, 2000
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.3 (13 votes)
Mötley Crüe: New Tattoo
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Sound — 9
This disc has Motley Crue sounding like they did back in the 80's, and probably would've been a much bigger hit if it had been released in 1987 rather than 2000. Motley Crue returns to their roots here, but it sounds great, and not forced at all. This CD is the only Motley Crue album that does not feature Tommy Lee, and instead, Randy Castillo occupies the drummer's throne. Motley Crue goes back to their bluesy-glam-metal vibe from the 80's here, with or without Tommy Lee, although it does sound just a tad more to the Poison side of glam metal than Motley Crue's 80's music. But this is what I like to hear-Motley Crue not straying far from their classic formula; after all, if something's not broken, don't fix it. The album includes a cover of the Tubes' "White Punks On Dope", one of the better tracks on the CD. Another interesting thing about this record is that some, but not of the songs appear to be in Standard tuning on the guitar, instead of Mick Mars' trademark full-step-down tuning, which is odd. I still wonder why he chose to do that.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are based around sex, drugs, romance, and rock n' roll, just as most glam-metal CDs are, but Motley Crue puts a unique spin on things. For example, in the track "New Tattoo", Motley Crue writes about romance in the form of a man getting a tattoo of his lover's face, something that requires a great amount of devotion to said lover to do (a permenant picture on your arm is no small thing). I've never heard a song like that from any other band, and it also proves that Motley Crue can pull off romantic songs while still sounding sleazy and tough. "Hell On High Heels", "Treat Me Like the Dog That I Am", and "Dragstrip Superstar" are all sex anthems, and "She Needs Rock n' Roll" portrays the Crue from a female fan's viewpoint. "First Band On the Moon" shows the Crue wondering where their arena tours went in a comical fashion. "Hollywood Ending" and "New Tattoo" are the obligatory power-ballads, the stronger and more memorable of which is probably "New Tattoo". "Fake" is a song with lyrics that show the bands's sickness the steryotypical rockstar lifestyle, which is somewhat odd, because most of the other songs on the album are about enjoying the life of a rockstar. But it sounds just as good as any other song on the album. "Punched in the Teeth By Love" is a rockin' song about love lost, and one of my favorites on the album, with a great sing-a-long chorus. But be warned, it is not a ballad, despite subject matter. "Porno Song" is about looking at porn on the internet, though I'm not sure exactly. It involves porn, let's leave it at that. But that's pretty obvious. Musically it's probably my least favorite on the album though. And last but not least, "White Punks on Dope" is a Tubes cover, as I stated before. The music on this album fits the lyrics like a glove, sleazy when it should be, tender when it should be. The guitar hooks are as strong as any off Shout at the Devil or Dr. Feelgood, some of the most memorable being "Punched in the Teeth By Love" and "First Band on the Moon". Vince Neil sounds a little tired on some, but that's probably just him getting older. Otherwise, it's classic Vince Neil falsetto/whine.

Overall Impression — 9
This album is far better than any rock album of the time in my opinion, it's just that it really would've survived better in the 80's. Unfortunately in 2000, Glam-metal wasn't exactly the most popular music genre ever. Every one of these tracks is an extremely underrated masterpiece, and it's a real pity they aren't popular enough to do live. My favorite tracks are "New Tattoo", "She Needs Rock n' Roll", "Punched in the Teeth By Love", "White Punks on Dope", and "Hell On High Heels", but I think all of them are great. My least favorite is definetly Porno Star though, but I still like it. If it were stolen or lost, I'd definetly buy it again, ASAP.

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    scorpio2billion
    heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time.
    With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all.
    psyguitarist
    They might be referring to the Genre Glam Rock.. I do agree there were quite a few great albums released in say a 3 yr window!
    Andy2k64
    great review. there was some great albums around that time however this did stand out. id say that it was among the better albums of the time. heavyprog listed some great records and i would say that this should be listed among them
    geekgangstaguy
    scorpio2billion wrote: heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time. With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all.
    Californication was good... And The Battle of Los Angeles was badass. Haven't heard of the others though. Then again, I'm no expert on music
    heavyprog
    scorpio2billion wrote: heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time. With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all.
    Well those albums cover a wide range of "rock" tastes, so there won't be many who will like all of them. But only liking one is quite odd considering they are all great albums in their own way.
    psyguitarist
    Brave New World is an Iron Maiden Album. It was the first since Bruce Dickinson's return.
    DualReaver
    scorpio2billion wrote: heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time. With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all.
    then you have a p awful taste in music
    JFfan92
    DualReaver wrote: scorpio2billion wrote: heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time. With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all. then you have a p awful taste in music
    i agree with DualReaver
    scorpio2billion
    DualReaver wrote: scorpio2billion wrote: heavyprog wrote: Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time. With the exception of RATM, I'd rather hear Motley Crue than any of these albums, and I'm not a Motley Crue fan at all. then you have a p awful taste in music
    Maye it's you.
    Rockes1
    I agree w/90% of this post. there are a few things, mainly the timing of the album...if it came out in the 80's, honestly I don't think it would fit in. Would have been a good FeelGood follow up though or maybe after the self-titled album. It's great hearing from these guys, especially when the release new material! Sixx is an awesome lyricist, mars 1 of the greatest guitar players of the era, Tommy 1 of the best drummers, and vince w/ his ability 2 take it all 2gether and throw the words at u in a way that makes you want 2 play it in our own band. But anyway yeah great album. lol
    heavyprog
    Um, didn't Californication, The Battle of Los Angeles, The Fragile, Brave New World, Scenes From a Memory, Relationship of Command, Kid A, All That You Can't Leave Behind, etc. come out roughly within a year of this album. I'd hardly call it the best of its time.
    gmilc
    motley crue are not heavy metal, they're glam rock - hard rock!