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on May 5, 2014
I so thoroughly enjoyed Sebastian Bach's 2007 release Angel Down in all its metal glory that I would have given Kicking & Screaming a chance no matter who Bach hired to play guitar for him. Even so, Bach talked up young Nick Sterling so much prior to Kicking & Screaming's release that I was expecting another boiling dose of fiery rock 'n roll capable of overwhelming my stereo system just like Angel Down did. Regrettably, the end product was far less exciting than I imagined, and somehow it all sounds exponentially more disappointing following Sterling's abrupt termination not even a year after Kicking & Screaming first hit the shelves.

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.
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on June 1, 2013
Sebastion Bach returns once again with a killer, pure, edgy solid rock album. The vocals as always are amazing, the riffs are killer and the lyrics are very interesting and provocative. After hearing this whole album which I can listen to all the way through and skip not a single bit, I cannot imagine a reunited Skid Row sounding any better than this. ROCK ON and hails to Sebastion Bach. Great work \m/\m/
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on April 12, 2013
Most songs on this CD are incredible and catchy. It takes a miracle for me to really like brand new music from the first time I listen to it. It has to grow one me and it has to be listened to multiple times.
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.
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on March 25, 2017
Good hard rock n roll!
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on January 23, 2017
This CD is OK. Nothing like Skid Rows Slave to the grind. It's kinda poppy and his vocals are not as awesome as when he was with Skid Row. A lot of reviews say it's almost as good as Slave to the grind but don't be fooled it's not. It's a mediocre record and there is really no songs that stand out.
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on November 7, 2015
Honestly only purchased this because nick sterling is my next door neighbor and I had him sign it for me. I haven't touched the record but the cd rocks.

Update.
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.
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on October 7, 2011
I have been a fan of Sebastian\Skid Row my entire life and i must say this album is no letdown...all the soaring vocals one would expect from a legend. Its a shame Sebastian isnt more popular than he is...highly underrated vocalist. The title track is probably the strongest track...very catchy chorus and pretty impressive riffs\solos. Also, Tunnelvision is an eye opener. One thing it lacks in my opinion is a great ballad that Mr. Bach is known for (18 & life, i remember you, in a darkened room, by your side, etc). no complaints here tho...i jus hope to catch him on tour soon
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on March 21, 2013
From the writing to the vocals to the excellent guitar work, Sebastian has finally put together a band I hope he will be with for a while. Their chemistry is evident from the first song to the last. Many singers lose something as they get older, from Brian Johnson to Bon Jovi, listen they both sound fantastic but they have lost a little range, Sebastian has not! Ok, so he is only one year older then myself and is much younger then brian and gotta be 5 or 6 years younger then Jon, needless to say this album rocks!
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on February 10, 2012
This is typical of Bach's post Skid Row career: nothing to write home about. You keep hoping for him to make another 'Slave to the Grind' but sadly, that time is past, and it obviously had a lot to do with writing with the Skid Row guys because he really hasn't come up with a decent song since.
Too bad, since I can listen to every song on 'Slave' and it stands up today as thru and thru one of the best, most powerful rock vocal performances in the history of the genre.
This album is but a shadow in comparison.
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on January 3, 2012
i have always loved skid row and then when sebastian bach started doing solo stuff i had to check it out especially this cd because all the songs especially kicking and screaming rock and i bought the cd plus dvd version and the dvd is awesome and you get to watch the music videos to the song and watch a concert and see what he had to do to make this cd and so my point is you should buy this because you will love it i promise because i love it alot
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