Tidal Catalog #36 (Update #1): Motley Crue (Six Degrees)

The fun part of these Tidal catalogs is that they are living documents. As new official records get released, I will go ahead and update them moving forward so that it always stays current. You can reference the original post, here.

  • Tommy Lee – Andro (7)

So if there was ever something that surprised the shit out of me, it’s this record. This is Tommy’s 3rd “Solo” record – if you can call it that since every single track has a guest vocalist or two on it – and his first outside of the Crue since the second Methods of Mayhem record in 2010. I have to admit that I had some preconceived notions coming into this. I had heard rumors that this was one of the worst albums of the year. I had heard a few 60-second samples and it certainly seemed like it was trending in that direction. Then of course, I listened and well, it’s actually pretty solid.

Look. If all you want from this is cock-rock, well, run away. But if you’re open to other sounds and liked Methods of Mayhem, this could be your thing. If you don’t know – Tommy has been touring as an electronic DJ, so an electronic-ish record shouldn’t be a surprise. And there are elements here. There’s no one lane this falls into. It’s nu-metal, it’s pop, it’s rock, it’s EDM. It’s all over the map but in a weird way, it works. And with 14-tracks that clock in at a little over 35 minutes, it doesn’t overstay its welcome.

The guests on the record are interesting – a lot of white rappers, Mickey Avalon, Brooke Candy, South African stripper Push Push, etc… there’s a nu-metal rapper named Killvein on two tracks, R&B singer King Elle Noir on two others and most surprisingly former Rock Star Supernova singer Lukas Rossi on a couple.

It might say a lot that the best song is the Rossi sung cover of “When You Were Mine” by Prince. And that’s not because he’s my favorite artist – in fact, I’m more critical of covers because of that but you know, great songwriting is great songwriting.

Overall, it’s all over the map but it works surprisingly well.

Summary: 31 albums, average 5.2

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