"Look What Poison Dragged In",
This review is from: Look What the Cat Dragged In (Audio CD)When someone thinks about the 80s Hair-Glam metal scene, one of the first bands that pops up is Poison. Lead singer Bret Michaels, guitarist C.C. Deville, bassist Bobby Dall and drummer Rikki Rocket were a big part of the Hair metal movement. They looked like girls, they had poppy songs and big hair, the band had the look, songs and feels of the Glam movement and moving to LA on the sunset strip they were at the right place at the right time and MTV supported them and boosted the band's career. Everything seemed right at the time, Poison's debut Look What the Cat Dragged In was released in 1986 when Glam was already big with bands like Ratt, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue.
The album starts out with Cry Enough, one of the best songs of the album. With this first song you know exactly what Poison is all about and get the feel of what they were doing. I Want Action is great, the band is full of energy on this song . Talk Dirty to Me is one of the bands best known songs and a very good one too. It had a great riff, catchy and just a great song. I Won't Forget You is a ballad, not as good as Every Rose Has Its Thorn of course but still a very good ballad. Play Dirty is another good song. Look What the Cat Dragged In is one of my favorites here, catchy and silly with lyrics like: Oh my god look what the cat dragged in, livin' my life, sinner to sin don t have any depth but they weren't mean to and they don't need to. Want Some Need Some another solid song for Poison. Blame It on You is not bad but it's not great either. #1 Bad Boy is probably the song I like least, I don't hate it but it's pretty cheesy. Back in the 80s this may have worked but not in these times. Let Me Go To the Show is a solid 80s track and I really like this one.
You can't help but feel ashamed listening to some of these songs but in the same way you like them. I rate Look What the Cat Dragged In at four stars. Let's face it, Poison's music doesn't have much depth and they really aren't a five stars band. One thing: they do know how to have fun and those songs certainly are just that, fun. Don't take this music too seriously as it clearly wasn't meant to be, and despite having many haters Poison is a good fun band. Under all this makeup there is some rock n'roll to the band not just looks, they aren't great musicians but altogether the band makes it work.
If you are a fan of the glam metal sound of the 80s, check out Poison if you haven't already, the band achieved more success with their next album Open Up and Say...Ahh!and was very popular during the late 80s and early 90s. While the band changed their sound and matured in the 90s this is the sound that got them famous and it's what they're known for.