Skid Row
Revolutions per Minute

Release date: October 23rd 2006
Label: SPV
Distribution: Target (Denmark)

Hard Rock

Rating: 50/100
Cover artwork rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen

Date: November 7th 2006

When the editor told us that this one had come through from Target, I was more than willing to give it a shot, sending many thoughts back to my high school days when "18 and Life" made the girls’ hearts soft "Youth Gone Wild" satisfied those of us who had a heart for harder tunes. Jon Bon Jovi’s protégées had something that appealed even to someone like me who was otherwise sworn to thrash, death and real heavy metal at the time. Especially ‘Slave to the Grind’ shoved a fist of hard music right up the bum of a music business that otherwise had expected a real hit album.  

With Sebastian Bach well on his way out of the band, ‘Subhuman Race’ (1995) didn’t exactly make a lasting impression and signalled the departure of Skid Row for a long while. Now they’re back, albeit not with Bach behind the mic. Johnny Solinger sounds perfect as Bach’s replacement, no doubt about that. He’s up there technically and obviously has the vocal drive it takes.  

Too bad, though, that the rest of Skid Row is merely a shadow of its own good self. Apart from one track (yes, ONE track!), the powerful and so Skid Row-in-ya-face tune "Another Dick in the System", the 11 tracks of the album are at best mediocre and without real balls. It’s simply not convincing. The inclusion of the country rock pastiche "You Lie" is a complete miss and falls right to the floor.  

We’ll just leave it at the high school memories, then.  

Recommended: "Another Dick in the System".