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Billy Idol - Kings & Queens of the Underground

4.50
Reviewer :
Arie van der Graaf Format: Album
Release date: 2014-10-21 Year: 2014
Label: BFI Records
Genre: Punk Rock
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Review

Billy Idol is back.
The Blond singer has made a brandnew album.
 Is he still the same rebel form back in the 80's?
To me i say occasionally.
Bitter Pill starts the album with a powerballad with slick guitars, the song is strong and Idol's voice too.
Can't Break me Down is a nice uptempo rocksong with occasionally some punkrock influences, a typical Idol commercial song. and also the first album single.
Save me now Can be discribed as a ballad with a bite with perfect low range vocals which gives the song the right atmosphere.
One Breath Away is a bit more experimental song which has its base in an electronic beat. it works its way to a bombastic solo part. I think that the song would have been slightly stronger with real instrument percussions though.
Postcards from the Past starts of with a haunting synth intro leading into a screaming typical high energy Idol song. The solo is fantastic, one of the album's highlights.
Kings & Queens of the Underground a superb autobiographical semi acoustic ballad, sung from the heart and containing a nice spanish style acoustig guitar part. This song stands out and is timeless.
Eyes Wide Shut A middle of the road song in which it is easy fo acknowlegde how wel the album is produced, all instruments are crystal clear.
Ghost in my Guitar A down to earth guitar based song. your typical singalong song to listen to while driving your car.
Nothing to fear To me is not the strongest song on the album, it's more like a constant repeating chorus. it misses a soul.
Love and Glory Another low tempo ballad (of which there are too many) It sounds well and could easily become a hit is plugged well. luckally there is a powerfull part in it so the song does not get boring.
Whiskey and Pills  rounds up the album with a bang, finally we get to hear the rebel from the past with screaming vocals. There should have been more songs like this on thalbum to my opinion but Billy Idol like many other artists have grown over the years, so it has become less Rebel and more mature.
I give him some credits for that!
All and all it's a good and solid balanced album'.

Tracklisting 1. Bitter Pill
2. Can't Break Me Down
3. Save Me Now
4. One Breath Away
5. Postcards from the Past
6. Kings & Queens of the Underground
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Ghosts in My Guitar
9. Nothing to Fear
10. Love and Glory
11. Whiskey and Pills


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