Album review: Motley Crue: Too Fast For Love (1982)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 9, 1982

By Steve Newton

Talk about ugly. These guys make the New York Dolls look like the kids on Leave It To Beaver! Well, maybe they aren’t that bad. Anyway, their music sure isn’t ugly. It’s beautiful, in fact. That is, if you’re into energetic, hook-filled boogie.

Music for the young, that’s what I’d call the stuff on Too Fast For Love. Not for the dull or boring. This is the kind of music that would really have excited me when I was in high school, and still does. The group comes across, take a stance, gives you something to believe in, much like the Dolls did when they first came out. I can still relate to the youthful, aggressive sense that power chords and rock lyrics stir in me. And it really sounds like Motley Crue feels the same.

Most impressive is Mick Mars’ frenetic lead playing. He has a dazzling style, much like that of the late Randy Rhoads, and seems to know just when to throw in some flash or end things with a moan from his vibrato bar. His solo on “Public Enemy #1” fits perfectly, as though the song itself were built around it. Other cuts like “Merry-Go-Round”, “Piece Of Your Action”, and “On With the Show” have the same impression of togetherness.

Though Mars’ guitars are the main attraction as far as I’m concerned, Vince Neil’s vocals also serve to give Motley Crue a sound of its own, which is after all what they need to set them apart from all the other bands making records nowadays. And I think with Too Fast For Love they have may have found their niche.

 

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