- Audio CD (July 1, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Restless Records
- ASIN: B000003BI5
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Well, tastes change and while I still consider Change Today? to be the best album from the Joe Wood period of TSOL, I think I was being a little harsh on this follow-up album, Revenge. Listening to it now, I don't understand how I could not have liked it when I was younger.
Revenge basically takes off where Change Today? left, and the brooding to bittersweet musical and lyrical themes are a continuation of it.
If you can imagine a hybrid of melancholic, bass-heavy late 70s/early 80s post-punk (e.g. PiL, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, U2), the more accessible rock (as opposed to hardcore punk) sound of TSOL's Beneath the Shadows LP, The Doors (minus the organ, of course), and a hint of country, you'd have an approximation of the style on Change Today? and Revenge. A fairly unique sound.
Wood's vocals were clearly inspired by Jim Morrison, but unlike those of lame Morrison impersonators like The Cult's Ian Astbury or The Tea Party's Jeff Martin, there's nothing contrived, derivative, insincere, or pretentious about them. TSOL, unlike, say, The Cult, were a real band that wrote their own songs how they wanted to write them, not the ersatz creation of some production company or of the marketing department of a major label.
My only real complaint is that like many records from the mid to late 80s, it's overproduced (putting digital reverb on the drums of a rock album like this one sounds really cheesy).Read more ›
The album certainly evokes a gritty feel and a very real sense of the darker side of big city life. The thing that always brings me back to this album is I can identify with the emotion and longing portrayed here. As with all the best albums, I am living the songs as they play. While I may not have been in the exact same situations, something in every song translates into a relatable experience.
The immediate standout is "Colors (Take Me Away)" , a gripping account of love and betrayal. "Nothin For You" relates the strange desperation of a junkie and the need to feed his fix. Other standouts include "Still the Same" and the title track, "Revenge".
The lyrical content is some of the best on a rock album. The vocals are strong and clear and the musical composition is perfect for relaying the emotion that is contained within.
For better or worse, after this album the band became more involved in the LA Rock scene from that era (circa 1987+ think Poison, Great White, etc). The musical and lyrical style change between this and its follow up, "Hit and Run" are very apparent. In the end, TSOL would become one of those bands where none of the original members remained (and also few of their original fans.)
That being said, _THIS_ album is an absolute classic. For me it is nearly flawless, even after all of these years. Enjoy.
Of interest older fans may be the whereabouts of Joe Wood. He is currently an artist in Long Beach. He also occasionally plays with his band Joe Wood and the Lonely Ones. Their CD "The Lonely Ones" is a very good blues-rock number, with some catchy tracks. Check out his website: [...]
Every track is really good great album.Hit And Run is really good too.Great album back then and still good at this day.
Seriously contemplating paying $40 for a used copy of this one.
I've purchased 3 songs for my Cloud Player and they leave me wanting more.
I really love the TSOL hard rock sound. Strange Love gets ragged on, but to me it is one of my very favorites.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used to listen to this record album all the time back in the day. So having it again is awesome.
I just wish Joe Wood was allowed to sing the better songs of Tsol again.
LOTS OF MEMORIES HERE, THEIR BEST RECORD EVER, HAD IT YEARS AGO ON VINYL DECIDED TO REPLACE WITH CD WHICH WAS A GREAT DECISIONPublished on June 18, 2013 by Kim
Great CD/MP3 download! Classic punk/rock/alt. music! A must for ANY T.S.O.L. fan! Great songs to skate, surf or snowboard to!Published on March 20, 2013 by J. A. Kiser
Sorry, if I offend some of the TSOL fans out there....but, TSOL's Revenge is TSOL's best work and is my absolute favorite music album of all time. Yes, I said "of all time". Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by A Fan
This album is really good. a 3 and a half, but not quite a four. The sad part is that TSOL gets a lot of crap for putting their name on this album. Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by Derek Griffith