Skid Row (1989.) Skid Row's debut album.
In the eighties, there were a number of excellent hard rock and heavy metal bands that emerged in the United States, but sadly, only a few of them got the proper recognition. Although Skid Row was, indeed, an excellent band, they never really got the proper recognition they deserved, because they arrived on the scene so late in the eighties metal movement. Still, the band achieved moderate popularity, and their most popular album remains their 1989 self-titled debut. How does this album measure up? Read on and find out.
Let me start this review my saying that, while they were an eighties metal band, they were NOT one of the many glam/hair bands that pretty much dominated the genre. These guys were much closer to, say, Guns 'N' Roses or Motley Crue. They were a HEAVY heavy metal band, plain and simple. Hard and heavy is the way metal was meant to be played, and these guys demonstrate that point a number of times on the album. The big hits here are the hard rock anthem Youth Gone Wild, and the semi-melodic rocker 18 And Life. These two tracks would become extremely popular, and why not? But, it doesn't just stop with the hits. There are a number of rockers exploring a plethora of styles, and every one does its job excellently. And, as with just about any eighties metal album, there are even a few power ballads. In the end, this is widely varied and excellent heavy metal album.
Currently in America (as of June 8, 2004) the only version of this album that is readily available is the original CD issue. It's good that the album is still readily available, but I think it could use a rerelease. The sound could use some remastering, and some bonus tracks and expanded liner notes would be cool. Let's hope such a reissue takes place, eventually.