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Revenge

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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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As a teenager in the 80s, I hated everything TSOL had done after Change Today?. I considered Change Today? to be the last really good TSOL album, even though it was a departure from what had come before. Everything that came after Change Today? I dismissed as "hair metal" and wouldn't listen to.

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).
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This is by far my favorite TSOL album -- from any period. From start to finish, there isn't a weak track on it. Though this album still has some punk elements to it, this release is mostly a straight rock outing.
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: [...]
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As Kerouac said, "comparisons are odius". Taken for itself, this is just a great album. While transitioning to a more rock style, they still retain their punk roots here before moving on to a more rock/metal style on the follow-up "Hit and Run" which is also a very good album in its own right. "Revenge' is consistently great from start to finish. "Colors" is the highlight for me, but the level doesn't drop much from there. A classic - highly recommended.
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I heard this album from a friend of mine that had the cd years ago.I missed listing to it never bought it back then.
Every track is really good great album.Hit And Run is really good too.Great album back then and still good at this day.
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My favorite TSOL album. Love the old, and despise most of the new...this is their peak creatively in my own opinion. Every single damn song here is great. This album made me mellow out and really listen to what they were doing...songwriting, lyrics, music. I can list highlights of the older albums, but this is one that needs no such thing. The entire album is perfect. More than any other album, this one defines this time of my life and will always be a favorite.
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This is my favorite TSOL album. Seems as though this album is not widely received by fans of their past albums. If you want a great album--"Revenge" is amazing. It's a little pricey and/or cumbersome to obtain, but its well worth it if you get your hands on it.
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Having been introduced to TSOL after the punk rock years with the Strange Love CD (Have 2 copies) I totally missed this offering back in the 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.
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