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Skid Row were one of the very last hair metal bands to hit the mainstream before grunge took over in the early '90s. While the band's self-titled debut employed standard pop-metal riffs and generic lyrics (albeit to great commercial success), 1991's Slave to the Grind and 1995's Subhuman Race broke away from the pop-metal mold with uncharacteristically hard, thrashy guitars and ... Read more in Amazon's Skid Row Store

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  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B000I8ON7K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,611 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Disease
2. Another Dick In The System
3. Pulling My Heart Out From Under Me
4. When God Can't Wait
5. Shut Up Baby, I Love You
6. Strength
7. White Trash
8. You Lie
9. Nothing
10. Love Is Dead
11. Let It Ride

Editorial Reviews

It's a foregone conclusion that Skid Row will never repeat the success of Slave To The Grind. Sure, you can blame that on Sabo, Hill and Bolan opting to de-Bach themselves, but the fact of the matter is that said album was a moment in the BAND's history, when egos and planets aligned to create an untouchable piece of magic. Look no further that Subhuman Race to see what happens when a band is band in name only. Skid Row's last effort, Thickskin, with new voice Johnny Solinger was hit and miss and pretty much did nothing other than offer us a silly punk version of ''I Remember You''. New outing Revolutions Per Minute is better than its predecessor, but it's still a far cry from the Skid Row that gave us ''Piece Of Me', ''Here I Am'', ''Monkey Business'', ''Slave To The Grind'' and ''Quicksand Jesus''. Oddly enough, this has nothing to do with the fact that Solinger has taken Sebastian Bach's place. In fact, Solinger's voice is the most interesting thing about the album in that he sounds both like a present day Baz (see Bach's Frameshift II performance as a reference) and like a guy with his own identity, singing his balls off with his middle finger in the air. Musically, however, the band has hit a wall. Lead-off track 'Disease' and 'Another Dick In The System' are reminiscent of Slave To The Grind, which is a plus, but then things unravel in a big way.

Customer Reviews

How any Skid Row fan could give this any stars is beyond me.
TiVoMaster
It doesn't suck; it's mostly enjoyable and listenable, but great songs, like "Monkey Business" and "I Remember You" just aren't there.
Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman
I listen to each cd i buy carefully and see what i like and dont like.
Anthony Carpenter

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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let me say at the start that I don't hold the opinion that 'Bas IS Skid Row'. I'm more of the opinion that 'Rachal Bolan IS Skid Row' being that he's been the primary songwriter from the start, as well as a dominating guitar presence on the metal scene since the late 80's. I love Bas, but Johnny Solinger is a worthy successor and Bolan continues to write incredibly memorable songs with big riffs and metal sensibilities - as aptly demonstrated on 'Thickskin'- Skid Row's initial post-Bas offering.

Which is what makes it difficult to rate this album. It has the classic Bolan writing, Sollinger's vocals are solid, and the songs are memorable, but it's probably the least 'Skid Row' sounding album of the bands career. It doesn't compare by far to "Slave to the Grind" or "Thickskin." It's only comparable to "Subhuman Race" - Bas's final effort with the band - in that it has both the classic Skid Row sound, but several nasty suprises. The nasty suprises being two country/metal songs ('When God Can't Wait' and 'Lie') that would sound more at home on a Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphy CD than on a Skid Row record. Further, the 'bonus track' is the 'corn-fed' mix of 'Lies' that for all intents and purposes sounds exactly the same as the original. Being the weakest song on the album - why make us listen to it twice?

I'm all in favor of bands growing and allowing their influences flow into their writing, but these two songs along with 'White Trash,' and 'Shut Up Baby I Love You' are so far off the beaten track, that it's hard to reconcile them with anything else in the Skid Row catalog. Sometimes this can be a good thing, but here it's just...odd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MRT on September 27, 2009
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don't believe the negative reviews, this is a good cd. not as good as thickskin. i can't give a "skid row" cd without bach 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lumbert on January 9, 2007
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Too be far, I've only listened to it twice, so maybe I'm not qualified to review this. But that's because it just doesn't interest me enough to give it another listen. Don't get me wrong, I loved SKID ROW back in the day, except for the Subhuman CD. Even "THICKSKIN" had some pretty cool tracks on it. I only heard a few potentials on this one, I know they've got better writing skills than this. WAY TOO much "punk" influence for me. And alot of the lyrics just seem to be too jokey. I don't know, it just doesn't "do it" for me.

In my opinion, if you were a popular 80's band and want to appeal to your fans,you need to do one of 2 things. Either come out with an album that has the sound that made you famous, or come out with an album that's heavier and just kicks your teeth in. Cause lets face it, if you didn't listen to SKIDROW in the 80's, you're not going to be interested in anything they do now. So why not put something out that you KNOW you're real fans will like at least.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss C on June 9, 2009
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I have always loved this band, this is not my favorite of their albums but it is pretty good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul w griffin on February 22, 2014
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i did get this a few weeks ago i can listen to this its pretty good so spend 5 bucks a get it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Carpenter on February 24, 2012
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Well being a fan of the Skids from day one,i of course buy everything they put out.I didnt expect nor did i want the same old Skid Row EVERY BAND Should Evolve at one time or another.I mean there are exceptions but i bought this knowing of all the bad reviews.I mean there are a few country sounding songs on here but still songs like Another Dick and Disease that will guarantee kick your ass!!! I listen to each cd i buy carefully and see what i like and dont like.And people are definetely entitled to their own opinions but i dont think the people who enjoy something the rest of the public doesnt shouldnt be crucified.Skids still are rocking and around touring with heavyweights like KISS and Ted Nugent so that has to say something.I like the intensity of the tracks this cd dont drag much it kicks in from the start and doesnt let up.I think it is underrated as was albums like MOTLEY 94 which to me was a MASTERPIECE!!! and Iron Maiden's X Factor & Virtual XI as well as Priest's Jugulator and Demolition.Almost Every new vocalist that replaces the last is crucified.Like Corabi,Blaze Bayley,Gary Cherone and Ripper Owens who are all Amazing Vocalists.Give these guys a shot before you judge. Bottom line give Revolutions a shot it rocks hard!
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By ray dog on August 2, 2007
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I was afraid to buy this one at the start ,I mean Skid Row without Bach,I knew he would be almost impossible to replace but this new guy is really good.Alot of reviewers have said they did't like the diffrent styles the guys were going to in some of the songs but I actually do ,it shows more vercitility than alot of stuff others are doing nowadays,I am sure this one will not get alot of radio time but it should and if you like the old skids ,pick this one up it won't disappoint you at all.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on May 12, 2007
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2.5 Stars

Skid Row's debut album with Singer Johnny Solinger "Thickskin" (2003) may not have been a great album, but it was a decent enough effort. While Bolan's songwriting wasn't bad, the bands attempt to modernize their sound left something to be desired, as the band sounded more like the Goo Goo Dolls than Skid Row. And as if an 80s metal band trying to sound like a mid 90s alternative-pop band wasn't bad enough, newcomer Solinger came off as faceless and bland, a far cry from the charismatic Sebastian Bach.

Returning three years later, Skid Row's second offering with Solinger is about as good as the first; which means that "Revolutions Per Minute" (2006) is an okay-but-not great album. The good news is the band rocks a little harder and sounds a little tighter. The Goo Goo Dolls type alt.rock has been left behind in favor of a more rocking album. Solinger, perhaps more confident, has stepped out of Bach's shadow a bit, as he comes across as less generic than he did on "Thickskin."

The bad news, however, is that the album just isn't that great. It doesn't suck; it's mostly enjoyable and listenable, but great songs, like "Monkey Business" and "I Remember You" just aren't there. Most of the songs, like "Disease," "Another Dick in the System," "Love is Dead," etc. are very average. You can listen to them once and enjoy them, but you soon forget them. Ironically, and sadly, the band sounds best when they are trend-hopping. The two standouts, the pop-punky "Strength" and "Nothing," seriously border Good Charlotte/Blink 182 territory, but are well-written and memorable none-the-less. Unfortunately, the album is weighed down by the awful "White Trash" and the rock-a-billy "You Lie.
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