After sitting through the gayfest of the Strange and Beautiful reissue, I was not looking forward to reviewing this 2-disc set at all. However, it starts with a pretty good instrumental. Of course, it’s the vocals that I didn’t like before… Then I realize that this album (the band’s fourth) came out eight years later, in 1999, and this is a different singer. This new guy is still very much in the Hard Rock vein, but he’s superior to the old guy. Perhaps not oddly, the music seems better, too. Heavier, even. Well, that’s not saying much, since anything would have been heavier than Strange… But this is a dramatic improvement in all areas, and I’ve never gotten to say that about very many bands. Favorite song title: “Lucifer’s Hammer.”
To make up for there not being any bonus tracks on the previous album’s reissue, this one comes with an whole extra CD of live and demo tracks.
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