Kicking & Screaming (Deluxe Edition) CD+DVD
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Limted two disc (CD + DVD) edition includes bonus DVD. 2011 album from the Metal maniac and former Skid Row frontman. In early 2011, Bach headed into the studio to record under the direction of Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter). The result is a high-energy, hard rock album along the lines of Skid Row, Slave To The Grind, Subhuman Race and Angel Down, but the songs, performances and sound quality are all heavy, interesting and completely Rock 'n' Roll. The album cover, which was created by artist Richard Villa, reflects the lyrics as well as the brutality of the music. If you like rockin' guitar riffs, high-energy songs and performances, deadly drums of doom, and ear-shattering screams, we got your Rock 'n Roll fix right here!
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It's difficult to point out exactly where Kicking & Screaming falls short. If I listen intently, I have to admit most of the songs on the record are decent. Lyrically, it is not Bach's finest work, but there are no turkeys that jump out and scream "he's lost it!" Likewise, the guitarwork is excellent throughout the album, and Bach still sounds great on the vocals.
The problem, then?
Nothing grabs the listener. Not in a good way, not in a bad way, not at all. Almost the entire record can be chalked up as standard fare. Like a ballpark hot dog, it does its job, it's even moderately enjoyable, but it's also overpriced, and once it's gone you don't desire to experience it again for quite awhile.
Similes aside, I think the biggest issue with Kicking & Screaming is Sterling's writing style. The title track is one of the few songs with any teeth; most of the songs feel like they can't decide whether to be ballads or commit to the metal approach that worked so well on Angel Down. The album's total lack of identity or theme makes for a very disjointed, unmemorable listening experience.
There are moments on Kicking & Screaming when I find myself thinking "this Sterling critter could and probably should release an instrumental record." The kid is that talented. Unfortunately, on a Bach record this is less of a compliment and more of a criticism. Sterling's style is not at all conducive to Bach's, which is why a lot of the material on the album lacks power. The "soft" songs are not quite soft enough, and the "heavier" songs just aren't heavy enough.
Still, Kicking & Screaming is not a total waste of time. The title track is a solid number, and "My Own Worst Enemy" is a really catchy rocker with impressive guitars. The deluxe edition bonus track "Jumpin' Off the Wagon" is also surprisingly good, though perhaps a little concerning given Bach's sometimes-publicized alcohol-related issues. But hey, who am I to tell the man to stop partying?
If there's one thing I can say in Bach's favor, it's that he never shortchanges the fans. The standard release of Kicking & Screaming contains thirteen songs, and the deluxe edition throws in an extra one. You'll never catch Bas trying to sell his fans ten tracks that collectively struggle to crack the 30-minute mark as so many other bands do these days. Still, it's difficult for me to recommend this Kicking & Screaming when it's really just a testament to wasted potential. Bach is capable of much more, which is why Kicking & Screaming will be remembered as the failed Nick Sterling Experiment, nothing more.
However, this CD from the very first time it was listened to was just incredible in terms of the music, the lyrics, the rock power behind the music and the energy behind it. It rates as one of the best CD's in my collection. The songs are well written and catchy and you find yourself hearing the songs in your head over and over.
The voice is still incredible sounding. The high notes can be hit with such precision. This CD needs to be airplayed over and over again on the radio. I cannot say enough about it. PURE TALENT is proven on this CD.
Played record on good turntable and I had forgotten how much i love vinyl records. Going to buy more now. Great Bach record and that guitar player kid on there isn't bad either.