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Flesh & Blood
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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1990's Flesh & Blood is probably my favorite Poison album. It wasn't quite as big a hit as Open Up and Say...Ahh! or Look What the Cat Dragged In, but I felt that this is where the band started to grow as artists and get a bit more creative.

Aside from the single "Unskinny Bop", which is every bit the typical Poison song, the band took a slightly more bluesy approach on Flesh & Blood, though not quite to the same level that Cinderella did on Heartbreak Station. Tracks like Let It Play and Poor Boy Blues are good examples of this new direction. The straightforward rock songs - Valley of Lost Souls, Ride the Wind, and the title track to name a few - are more enjoyable on Flesh & Blood as well, and don't fall as easily into the "style over substance" approach that Poison perfected on earlier albums. And the ballad from this album - Something to Believe In - is, in my humble opinion, worlds better than the mega-hit Every Rose Has Its Thorn. This is not some weepy ode to an estranged lover; Something to Believe In tackles some very tough subjects in a very emotional manner, and is easily the album's standout track.

It may be light on party anthems, but Flesh & Blood features some excellent hard rock songs, and may just be Poison's finest hour.

The 2006 reissue of Flesh & Blood features digitally remastered sound - which the album sorely needed - as well as two bonus tracks. The instrumental demo God Save the Queen is interesting, but doesn't add much. The acoustic version of Something to Believe In (originally available as the B-side to the Life Goes On cassette single) is a real treat though. Not only is it a stripped down version of the song, but it features totally different lyrics. There's plenty here to make it worth replacing your old version of Flesh & Blood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2008
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Such an underrated album, when people talk about poison they never mention this album. This album is great from start to finish. I have over 600+ cd's and this is my favorite. Even the songs that weren't released as singles are good enough for radio airplay.... "valley of lost souls", "let it play", "hell or high water", "poor boy blues" etc. SUPERB production. For anyone that just owns poison's greatest hits or the best of poison, and is looking to check out another poison album, definitely give this one a shot! Poison at their best
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
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"Flesh & Blood" was Poison's third record, and the album saw Poison take a slightly different approach than previous effforts. The album still has a party-rock vibe throughout, it just seems a little more mature sounding than previous offerings.

I believe with "Flesh & Blood" Poison hit their creative stride. While not my favorite Poison record, I can't deny how great most of the songs are, and how well the band sounds on the record. It makes me wonder how many singles from this album Poison could have released. There just isn't any drop off in quality from one song to the next. Truly every song is solid, but these couple are my favorites, "Don't Give Up An Inch", "Ride The Wind", "Poor Boy Blues", "Let It Play" and "Valley Of Lost Souls".

Poison just kept getting stronger and better with every release. I would have loved to see what they could have done with C.C. had he stayed in the band. I strongly urge anyone who likes hair metal music to buy this album immediately, there is no way to be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2009
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From the cover art through the songs themselves, this is their best album, in my humble opinion. The songs are well balanced, production is top notch (courtesy of the late Bruce Fairbairn). In this album, fortunately they got rid of a lot of hair-metal disgraceful cliches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2010
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Flesh and Blood really ended an era for Poison. It was their last album with guitarist C.C. DeVille (until many, many years later)and you could really hear their sound changing. They were a bit more serious, and the sound was a bit harder. If you like Poison, you will definitely like this. It's one of their best pieces of work. The cover art is also iconic as many Poison fans have had it tattooed on themselves (as I have) as a tribute to the band. The original belongs to none other than Poison's drummer himself, Rikki Rockett, done for the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2009
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I first bought this album on tape, and loved it back then...I recently purchased it on CD, and its still as good if not better. This is my favorite Poison album!! Its not as Glam rock as the other two albums. If you love this kind of music like I do, buy this album...you wont regret it. I listen to it all the time!!!!
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on June 11, 2009
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With "Flesh and Blood", Poison really hit their stride. They brought their passion for blues crashing into the mainstream, with Brett Michaels showing signs of real maturity and ethusiasm on almost every track.

Highlights include, first and foremost, the experimental "Unskinny Bop", where CC Deville's guitar work and Riki Rocket's drumming both show a ten-fold increase in quality over previous albums, and "Valley of Lost Souls", where the whole band's energy is palpable. They take risks with these tracks, and find enormous success. And, both sound incredible on this remastered release! Other highlights include "Ball and Chain", "Flesh and Blood", "Poor Boy Blues" and "Something to Believe In". The band takes time to craft intelligence and moments of special interest into both ballads and rock tracks. As a whole, the third album is fun and energetic, but also deeply reflective.

Unfortunately, not long after this record, Poison's popularity and creativity began to deteriorate.
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on January 3, 2014
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Another great follow up album after "Open Up And Say....Ah!", although this album is albeit bluesy, but it's still Poison at their best.
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on November 19, 2013
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if you love poison this one is a must....great songs to blast loud in your car..lol
enjoy them...it brings back the good old time 1984....
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on May 17, 2013
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I'm really into tatoos for myself,but poison is one of my favorite bands.But,it is very nice to look at on somebody else
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