Sound — 6
To me Motley Crue has changed their sound when it comes to this album, Saint of Los Angeles. Their sound falls so hard into the mainstream rock that the only recognizable portion of Motley are Vince Neil's cat growls within the songs. Since Nikki Sixx is pretty much the leader of everything Motley does as far as music, his musical tastes have not rubbed off on the group but have more likely taken control over everything that is heard from them. Music styles are similar to New Tattoo than any other album before it. Some of the songs can fall into different categories of music genres. "Down at the Whiskey" and "The Animal in Me" are songs that sound close to country/rock like Bon Jovi did these recent years. "Welcome to the Machine" sounds like a rip off from the once great Velvet Revolver. "What's it gonna take" sounds like Motley played Guitar Hero II too many times because it sounds exactly like the alternative rock band, The Toadies' "Possum Kingdom." The there are some really cool songs from the album which include: "Face down in the dirt" "Saints of Los Angles" "MF of the year" "Just another Psycho" and "Goin' out Swingin'." If you're not a fan of the wah wah pedal, then do not listen to this album, it gets over used.
Lyrics — 7
Since the lyrics were mostly written by Nikki Sixx, the leader, you can expect some amounts of emotion to be placed into each song like his other band, Sixx A.M., right? Wrong. This isn't a ballad album. None of the lyrics fall into the classic 'power ballad' category. Most of the lyrics on this album fit with each song. The songs seem to follow the concept of Motley's career span. Their story of getting started as a band, performing at local clubs, becoming the bad boys of the Sunset Strip, finally getting a record deal and becoming the poster boys of "Hair" metal, the wild times in between, and finally saying that they aren't going to die along with all the other '80s pop metal bands. Vince Neil, lead singer, sounds like he dropped most of his high notes that he has been known to do from hearing early Motley albums and his solo album. His classic cat growl is still present in a good number of the songs and never gets over used to the point of saying, "shut up". Thankfully his voice has never gone south on a studio recording.
Overall Impression — 7
From hearing earlier Motley Crue albums, nothing will compare with Girls, Girls, Girls. It maybe that they do not have the ambiance around them that they did back when they were the kings of popular metal but it seems that this is not even a step above their last album eight years ago. Hands down, the two most impressive songs are "Goin' out Swingin'" and "Just another Psycho". Both songs aren't lyricly the greatest in the world or have the best guitar techniques but they fit well. The guitar solos are nothing compared to modern players but still have enough forms of emotion for kids who just picked up the guitar. The thing I like most about this album was that it came with a DVD as a bonus, even though I had seen everthing on the DVD already. If this CD were cracked from the inner hole to a quarter of an inch out, I would not buy another one and just listen to the songs that were not messed up.