Monday, August 2, 2010

L.A. Guns "Shrinking Violet"

L.A. Guns
Shrinking Violet (Reissue)
Reviewed by Rob Acocella

     L.A. Guns are back and have reissued their classic 1999 album Shrinking Violet. Released on Steve Vai's own Favored Nations the tracks are all here, including some great live cuts. Tracii Guns is still his badass self on guitar and with Jizzy Pearl on vocals what you get is one of the grittiest (re)releases in recent years. If you want to feel as though you are still partying on the strip like it's 1989 then pick up Shrinking Violet and relive your younger years when you had less debt, more nerve, probably more hair, and a lot less to lose. This isn't a release for someone looking to find a more polished, mainstream version of their favorite 80's band. This is just as nasty and dirty as the original, and that's the way Rock should be.

Rating: 4/5

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