I can't say this album is any less weird than Adam's previous work, but it is somewhat a return to form bringing Adam back to more of the upbeat, hard rocking nature of Kings of the Wild Frontier. Now this album certainly isn't punk, it takes on more of a hard rock/wild wild west-rockabilly type of vibe and despite the weirdness of the song writing here, I'm surprised a couple of these tracks never became serious hits for Adam.
"Razor Keen and good again......schemes, if you know what I mean"
Not really, but I think a few more listens I'll probably figure out what he's getting at. This is one of those albums you may not understand at first but over time will realize the brilliance of the bizarre and unconventional song writing found here. I don't know what he's talking about half the time, Adam's lyrics usually contain some words here and there that he made up but his voice is outstanding on this album. The remastering certainly helps as the original release was basically a direct tape to compact disc transfer done back in '85 with mass compression. This mastering gets it sounding much closer to the original vinyl release if not better.
Normally I would say you've got to be a fan to really like this album, and that is probably the case with Vive Le Rock but I believe the catchy, upbeat and often heavy material on this album can be respected by a variety of music fans. Punks, new wavers, young kids exploring vintage music and those who have been fans from the beginning. Again, you're not exactly going to find anything similar to his early punk material or the catchy pop nature of "Goody Too Shoes" but the album certainly is hard rocking, unconventional and by no means your typical 80's top 40. Adam was a huge star in the UK but not much else than a 1 hit wonder in the US however he did chart a couple other singles after this. What amazes me is the cult following he still has in the US where this album sold poorly in the 80's is now a classic! I love this album! One of his best, if not THE best.