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5.0 out of 5 stars My inner headbanging Beavis awakens.... yes! yes! yes!, November 21, 2011
This review is from: Memories Of A Beautiful Disaster (Audio CD)
While Haley Reinhart slowly grew on my during Idol's latest season, I was a James Durbin fan from the early auditions. With just the right mix of charm, humility, swagger and power, this kid was likely born to a chorus of deafening stage pyrotechnics. As the episodes played out, I secretly hoped James would eventually deliver the hurricane rocking, arena leveling, metal album that Adam Lambert could have, but didn't. I just picked up James' debut and I am loving every blistering note.

The early reviews made me fear James played it safe with a bunch of over-produced, middle of the road, Daughtry-esque cow pies - but he didn't - this album ROCKS! I can see how those hoping he would deliver a true metal album along the likes of Anvil, Slayer or Metallica would be disappointed. But my favorite metal albums of all time are Appetite For Destruction (G&R), Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue), Mechanical Resonance (Tesla), Big Game (White Lion), Long Cold Winter (Cinderella), and Extreme (Extreme) - and if you like those albums, you will likely love this. Big guitars - monster choruses - great vocals - and a groupie-filled busload of just plain fun. James is not the Prince of Freaking Darkness - he's just a kid who loves to rock and his enthusiasm resonates on each track. This is an album for aging metalheads and their kids. The Crue's Mick Mars shows up on one of the album's hardest rocking numbers and sounds more shockingly-still-alive than ever.

My only beef - that some other platforms were given bonus tracks - and that you would have to patronize said evil platforms to get them. To make things worse, one of these bonus tracks is already out of print. Here's my solution - buy the album here (you won't find a better price anywhere else) - help James get a much-deserved hit record - go see him when he tours - and then use your search engine to find the missing tracks elsewhere by however means you see fit (its no Occupy Wall Street, but every protest helps discourage labels from doing this).
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Initial post: Nov 22, 2011 10:16:35 AM PST
Melodies61 says:
Great Review! Thanks Dub Ears!

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 10:55:28 PM PDT
D. Garvey says:
I'm also annoyed by the bonus tracks available only from certain retailers, in certain countries, as part of certain deluxe editions, etc., etc. And the labels wonder why album sales keep falling. Don't they realize that a lot of people want all the tracks from their favorite artists, and that if they are forced to find free downloads of some of those tracks they may well decide there's no point in paying for any tracks?
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