Mötley Crüe - Generation Swine review



Reviewer:
4.9

84 users:
4.57
Band: Mötley Crüe
Album: Generation Swine
Release date: June 1997


01. Find Myself
02. Afraid
03. Flush
04. Generation Swine
05. Confessions
06. Beauty
07. Glitter
08. Anybody Out There?
09. Let Us Prey
10. Rocketship
11. A Rat Like Me
12. Shout at the Devil '97
13. Brandon


Some things weren't clear when Vince Neil left The Crue and it is still not clear if Vince Neil decided to go back to Motley Crue or if he was forced to do it by their record company. Anyway, The Crue was working with "Generation Swine" when they decided to fire John Corabi (Neil's replacement) after the poor results they got with their previous album, "Motley Crue". Producer Scott Humphrey, who previously worked with Rob Zombie was hired this time. The Crue really was looking for some kind of sound a la Marilyn Manson, since they also hired his keyboardist, Charlie Clouser. This album was co-produced by Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee. These guys were impressed by Bob Rock's philosophy, so it was time to use what they had learned.

Well, the results were damn poor, the production work is awful and the songwriting is completely uninspired. The album opener, "Find Myself", is some kind of a recycled tune with an industrial texture and it is here where we can notice the bad production work - you can't hear the drums, you can't hear the bass and the guitar doesn't sound like a guitar. Vince Neil sings his lines and he sounds forced. I suppose these songs weren't meant to be sung by him. Whatever the reason is, he doesn't seem to be glad doing the job. Let's be honest - does anybody want to listen to Tommy Lee singing a song to his son on the piano? Sixx and Lee were really free to do what they wanted to do in the recording room and it was a disaster. The original line up was together again but their trademarks (heavy rhythm sections, funny riffing, dirty vocals) were absent again. None of the tracks are really memorable here, except for "A Rat Like Me", which has some speed. The drums and the bass can actually be heard on this one, but Vince remains uninspired so the song sinks with the rest of the set. There's also an electronic/industrial version of the classic "Shout at the Devil", but nobody in this world is gonna prefer this one to the original 1983 anthem.

The only positive thing about this album is the reunion of the original line up, so we better forget about this set.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 6
Songwriting: 4
Originality: 4
Production: 3

Written by Dowi | 22.06.2008


 


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Comments

Comments: 9   Visited by: 112 users
27.06.2008 - 22:05
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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01.07.2008 - 04:52
Doc Godin
Obnoxious
Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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01.07.2008 - 08:54
K†ulu
Seeker of Truth
Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage thru a tape recorder.
----
Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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02.07.2008 - 02:10
Dowi
Written by K†ulu on 01.07.2008 at 08:54

Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage
thru a tape recorder.

It wasn't...but the sound is terrible for a profesional band
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02.07.2008 - 22:46
Doc Godin
Obnoxious
Written by K†ulu on 01.07.2008 at 08:54

Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage thru a tape recorder.

Yeah its a big mess pretty much. It sounded like they were going for a semi-industrial sound like rob zombie, but it came out really sloppy and really un-human sounding. Like it was music made from a poorly assembled machine.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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14.08.2008 - 08:13
freddie420666
Written by Doc Godin on 02.07.2008 at 22:46

Written by K†ulu on 01.07.2008 at 08:54

Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage thru a tape recorder.

Yeah its a big mess pretty much. It sounded like they were going for a semi-industrial sound like rob zombie, but it came out really sloppy and really un-human sounding. Like it was music made from a poorly assembled machine.


so quick question.
has motley crue ever sang about anything besides sex, drugs and the sunset strip??
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15.08.2008 - 07:28
Doc Godin
Obnoxious
Written by freddie420666 on 14.08.2008 at 08:13

Written by Doc Godin on 02.07.2008 at 22:46

Written by K†ulu on 01.07.2008 at 08:54

Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage thru a tape recorder.

Yeah its a big mess pretty much. It sounded like they were going for a semi-industrial sound like rob zombie, but it came out really sloppy and really un-human sounding. Like it was music made from a poorly assembled machine.


so quick question.
has motley crue ever sang about anything besides sex, drugs and the sunset strip??

Yup, Shout At The Devil has quite a bit of lyrics about the occult. Too Fast For Love has a lot of lyrics about living a poor street life (other than drugs), and Dr.Feelgood covers a slightly wider range. Besides I dont focus 100% on lyrics. Do you? I enjoy a lot of blues based rock, why I enjoy Motley Crue riffs, even if they aren't top notch musicians.

EDIT: Why did you quote me? Usually when you quote someone its in response to what they commented, but you seemed to just do it out of spite. Bravo.
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"I got a lot of really good ideas, problem is, most of them suck."
- George Carlin
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16.08.2008 - 06:19
freddie420666
Written by Doc Godin on 15.08.2008 at 07:28

Written by freddie420666 on 14.08.2008 at 08:13

Written by Doc Godin on 02.07.2008 at 22:46

Written by K†ulu on 01.07.2008 at 08:54

Written by Doc Godin on 01.07.2008 at 04:52

Written by K†ulu on 27.06.2008 at 22:05

ok.... a 3 to production... i have to listen to this album...

Dont bother, it is shit.

it may be crap, but to give it a 3 for production would mean it was recorded in a garage thru a tape recorder.

Yeah its a big mess pretty much. It sounded like they were going for a semi-industrial sound like rob zombie, but it came out really sloppy and really un-human sounding. Like it was music made from a poorly assembled machine.


so quick question.
has motley crue ever sang about anything besides sex, drugs and the sunset strip??

Yup, Shout At The Devil has quite a bit of lyrics about the occult. Too Fast For Love has a lot of lyrics about living a poor street life (other than drugs), and Dr.Feelgood covers a slightly wider range. Besides I dont focus 100% on lyrics. Do you? I enjoy a lot of blues based rock, why I enjoy Motley Crue riffs, even if they aren't top notch musicians.

EDIT: Why did you quote me? Usually when you quote someone its in response to what they commented, but you seemed to just do it out of spite. Bravo.


ahh.
interesting. no i focus on the lyrics mostly sometimes to be honest, but i listen to the instruments also. needless to say especially in instrumentals and such.

and no man i didnt mean that in a critisizing way or anything. i wasnt just trying to quote you but ktulu also. because i read yall conversation and was interested and figured you two knew quite a bit about motley crue. so i asked a question which was in no way meant to be sarcastic. because i dont know much about the crue but i know a lot of glam bands sing about nothing but that sort of stuff.
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21.02.2010 - 21:30
shine
I think you did a good review of the album, it actually sucks! I prefer the album Motley Crue without Vince compared to this album. (although my favourite singer is Vince).
Why not check out Vince soloalbum "Exposed" instead.
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