Sound — 8
This 1990 album by American hardcore punk band Poison Idea is certainly not for the faint hearted. It's an anarchistic barrage of slam dance and madness packed by wailing drums, fast guitars and bass, all backed by the f--k everything style of sound. The guitar is punk personified. Simple chords played at inhuman paces with drummers inhuman pacing and tempo while the bass is actually distinguishable from the guitars, which is a nice change from the usual bass volume that punk uses, but its a bit of a clusterf--k and messy at times. Also as far as innovation goes, it's very basic and by the books.
Lyrics — 7
Singer skills are... well punk. Not very good punk like Monkey's or Johnny Rotten's but does the job done fairly well, but the lyrics. The lyrics. The lyrics man, are a anarchistic co-operative of death, violence and sex, and roll up into a big pile up of songs designed for blowing the shit to bits out of nearby objects you can reach, and when you hear "Just To Get Away" you will want to grab the nearest room and start slam dancing and moshing until your brain throbs and your ears ache.
Overall Impression — 8
01. "Plastic Bomb" - decent little opener. 02. "Deep Sleep" - a below average track. 03. "The Badge" - a great track. 04. "Just To Get Away" - Poison Idea's most famous track, and one of the best tracks on the album. 05. "Gone For Good" - just bad. 06. "Death Of An Idiot Blues" - a funny little song. 07. "Taken By Surprise" - I was surprised this track was so good. 08. "Alan's On Fire" - a standout track. 09. "Welcome To Krell" - oh I see what you did there. 10. "Nation Of Finks" - a charming little WWE reference. 11. "Back Stab Gospel" - best song on the album. 12. "Painkiller" - fairly decent rendition. 13. "Feel The Darkness" - musical violence. 14. "Discontent" - a good closer. I recommend this album to any punk fans.