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Shameless - Famous 4 Madness (CD)

Shameless
Famous 4 Madness
by Grigoris Chronis at 15 July 2007, 10:25 PM

Sleaze it up, dude! This is the new CD by these shameless Glam Rockers, and SHAMELESS tries hard to prove that Glam/Sleaze Rock is not dead after all. If you feel the same way, you won't be disappointed - even if the album turns out to be too typical. On the other hand, enemies of the genre will have another good reason to cry out 'bout the decadence of 'hard' Rock music, right?
Every such band is influenced by the 'ghost' of KISS. That's fair. SHAMELESS has always taken its music to an extended level; so did founding member Alexx Michael thought, I guess, in Munich back in 1989. Then, he came up with the proper PR plan, since Eric Singer (KISS, ALICE COOPER, GARY MOORE) gave a great deal of helping hand while GUNS N ROSES guitarist produced 1999's Backstreet Anthems debut album. A parade of stars has occurred since then, in all SHAMELESS albums. Check it out : Steve Rachelle (TUFF), Steve Summers (PRETTY BOY FLOYD), Tracii Guns/Steve Riley (L.A. GUNS), Bruce Kulick (KISS, UNION), Robert Sweet (STRYPER), Jani Lane (WARRANT), John Corabi (MOTLEY CRUE) and the list goes on.
This year's Famous 4 Madness sees SHAMELESS heading to the usual direction. Pure American Sleaze/Glam Rock all the way. Philthy guitars, booze-d solos, messy rhythm section, drunk vocals and the expected KISS-meets-VAIN-meets-STEVE STEVENS-meets-PRETTY BOY FLOYD-meets-MOTLEY CRUE-meets-THE ALMIGHTY-meets-GUNS 'N' ROSES-meets-DOGS D'AMOUR. The album is rather typical (as said previously) featuring a set of a songs rollin' really smooth but with no exaggerating feeling.
Produced by RATT/ALICE COOPER/WARRANT axeman Keri Kelli, Famous 4 Madness draws the line between Sleaze/Glam Rock and… Sleaze/Glam Rock. Really focused, huh? Not bad, but nothing exciting. U can see this CD/band as a good reason for beloved musicians having fun jammin' together.

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Crashdown
Famous 4 Madness
She's Wathin' U
Better Off Without You
We Won't Take It Anymore
No Regrets
Magical Misery
Web Junkie
Complications
Dirty Shirt
Party Tonight
Lineup:
Steve Summers, John Corabi, Phil Lewis, Stevie Rachelle - Vocals
B.C., Michael Thomas, Keri Kelli - Guitars, Back Up Vocals
Alexx Michael - Bass, Back Up Vocals
Kari Kane, T Burr, Eric Singer, Mike Fasano - Drums
Mike Warren - Keyboards
Lauren Brenn, Jani Lane - Back Up Vocals
Record Label: RSR Music
     


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