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Vanity Blvd - Wicked Temptation

Vanity Blvd - Wicked Temptation

Label : Noisehead Records | Archive under hardrock / aor

Release type: Full-length CD

Cor : High quality sleaze rock has been no longer a unique selling point for the American west coast for some time. Even Scandinavia has some fine representatives nowadays, of which Vanity Blvd is an example (but what’s not available in that area?). The debut album of these Swedish female fronted sleaze rockers was a well performed mix of Motley Crue and Lita Ford or Vixen and the successor is slightly darker in the Ratt direction. This one contains less basic and simple sing-along party/glam elements, which might lead to a less instantly catchy character. Still, the songs are further developed and contain very interesting details in arrangements and fills, or a surprising unconventional switch in vocal line, which give the material something really mature. Especially the guitars come up with some creative additions as a true finishing tough at the end of a riff, sophisticated combing and great soloing (even on the edge: ‘Do Or Die’), or just plain filthy where necessary. From a technical point of view there still will be things some people would call still in development, but that natural and pure sleaze attitude should be worth something. The earlier mentioned flagship Ratt is a band I can appreciate, but they sometimes have something “artificial” in their sound (and attitude); something I cannot say for Vanity Blvd. The band can take this as a compliment.

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