Michael Monroe - Whatcha Want review


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Band: Michael Monroe
Album: Whatcha Want
Release date: 2003

01. Do Anything You Wanna Do [Eddie and the Hot Rods cover]
02. Right Here, Right Now
03. Stranded
04. I Won't Lie Down And Lie [UK Subs cover]
05. Shattered Smile
06. What Love Is [The Dead Boys cover]
07. Rumour Sets The Woods Alight
08. Germfree Adolescents [X-Ray Spex cover]
09. Life's A Bitch And Then You Live
10. Telephone Bill's All Mine [Dave Lindholm cover]
11. Jimmy Brown
12. Identity [X-Ray Spex cover]
13. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye [Leonard Cohen cover]

You know, when your name is Michael Monroe and you are known for your course with the really great and influencial glam act Hanoi Rocks you don't have to work a lot to be successful. Well, Mr. Michael Monroe worked really hard throughout the years after Hanoi Rocks got a "rock n' roll divorce" to form his very own career and he succeeded, being one of the few artists with solo career that kept the quality standards to the top, pouring his soul in every album he released. Why? Because he's rock n' roll incarnated without any second thought! He breathes rock n' roll and rock n' roll breathes Michael Monroe, easy!

"Whatcha Want" is his latest release up to date and one of his best, if not his best, and it was released during 2003! It has everything you need to feel the groove in you and rock n' roll all night long!

First of all it's complex enough in order not to make you feel bored not even for a single second while listening to it! The artistic persona of Michael Monroe and all the others that contributed in the song-writing managed to offer 13 really great compositions (one of them being a really good cover on the wonderful Leonard Cohen's "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye") in which they keep all the elements that we loved on Michael Monroe, which are the purity of the feeling and the character and his legacy with Hanoi Rocks, but always making clear that this is not Hanoi Rocks number 2 but Michael Monroe's personal band.

Then, the variety of instruments, apart from the must ones, is not limited and you will have the chance to cherish the uniqueness and beauty of instruments like the harmonica, the saxophone, the piano or the keyboards through the compositions. The fact is that they harmonize so beautifully together with the guitars, the rhythm section and Monroe's unique voice and they adorn the soundscape in the most ideal way keeping your interest to the highest levels without any second thought.

And also you won't find the album flowing only in a rock n' roll feeling or being only emotional, it will rock your world but will also make you feel intense emotions and this is something very important for the album since it will make you enjoy it even more and cherish various emotional situations, from the most upbeat ones up to the most fragile ones.

So as to conclude, the instrumentation is perfect, not only the basic instruments pour themselves to the final outcome, with the guitars offering some really dirty riffing and great solos, the rhythm section keeping the sleaziness/groove alive and Monroe's voice giving life to his lyrics in the most extraordinary and personal way, but also the additional instruments I mentioned above do their best in an unerring way and they succeed into making the overall atmosphere more fabulous and vivid!

If you are a glam hard rock/metal fan then this is an album you must simply get because it is one of the most complete glam works up to date, even if it was released during 2003 and some of you might find it out-dated. On the contrary, it sounds modern without forgetting to rock all the way! "Do anything you wanna do", but, please, buy this album!

"Life's a bitch and then you live!!!"


Written on 28.01.2006 by "It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."

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