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Dee Snider
Never Let The Bastards Wear You Down (Koch Records)

By: Jeb Branin

The word on the street is that this is the last album DEE SNIDER is going to record. He is retiring from singing. I truly hope this is not the case and is mere record company publicity hype, but if it is true let me say that Dee knows how to take a curtain call. This is the album that SMF's have been waiting for since the demise of TWISTED SISTER. Dee has recorded 10 of his favorite songs written over the last 16 years (ones that never saw the light of day) and unleashed them on an anemic heavy metal scene that will definitely not appreciate their majesty and magnificence. You get everything from pop metal tunes ("Uh Huh Huh") to bluesy rockers ("Desperado") to big ballads ("Cry You A Rainbow") to fast driving metallic bloodlust ("Hard Core") to bare chested, bloody larynx, testosterone laden skull bashers in a classic TWISTED SISTER vein ("Call My Name" and "Our Voice Will Be Heard"). Unlike many of the 80s bands that were their peers, Dee and TWISTED SISTER became a voice of a generation. He had something to say that was more than "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll" rehash. He poured his blood on the banner of heavy metal and proudly carried it into battle. From the concert hall, to the television, to the Grammy Awards, to the national mainstream press, to U.S. senate sub-committee hearings Dee was a denim clad, lipstick wearing, foul mouthed dirtbag who was obnoxious enough to speak his mind and articulate enough to scare the hell out of people who wanted to dismiss heavy metal and the entire culture it bred. This CD proves he hasn't lost a step. My only complaint is it contains a mere 10 songs. Dee is incredibly prolific as a song writer and has 20 times this many songs in the attic, why not favor us with 15? Or 20? A triple disc set of 50 or more would've been nice... To hell with financial feasability I say!
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