Sgt. Roxx - 2009 - Weapon Of Miss Distraction
1. All You Need
2. Why'd You Lie
3. Movin' On
4. Push & Squeeze
5. Million Dollar Girls
6. Wrap Yourself
7. Don't Cry
8. Rockin' Horse
11. Without You
12. Thinkin' Of You
14. (Don't Do) What Your Mama Sayz
15. 4th Time Out
16. I Don't Know
17. Psycho In The House (Live)
18. My Lady (Live)
19. Bread & Water
It's been clear to me that there must be more to US Glam rock than Hollywood, and number 3 in the Eönian catalogue serves as proof and then some...
This disc called to me more than the rest, because of the name of the band and album and the artwork. Since the first impression is mostly a visual one, Weapon Of Miss Distraction delivered the goods for sure.
Apart from Sgt. Roxx's cult status in the underground (mostly because of their much-wanted Push N Squeeze, fully remastered on this album), this is just a very high-level record.
It's glam rock in the typical 90's style: reaching back to the pioneers ten years ago, and mixing it up with more modern touches to get a metal-oriented, technical version of the same basis. On top of that, the band looks like backstreet brawlers more than pretty boys in make-up, fitting their dirty sound completely.
Music-wise, Sgt. Roxx offers a hard style of glam rock, think Love/Hate without the musical experiments: breakdowns, grooves, monotony in the vocals and overall great songwriting.
I have to admit, I prefer 10-song records over this 19-track behemoth, but the quality of the material makes it all worthwhile.
The chorus in "Why'd You Lie", the groovy rhythm in "Push & Squeeze", the high tempo in "Million Dollar Girls", the Cinderella feel in the dreamy ballad "Don't Cry", the bass line in "Decisions', the Skid Row-like aggression in "Alright"'s vocals, the power of "Without You", the steady-as-a-house riff in "Ransom", the great live versions of "Psycho In The House" and "My Lady", the list goes on and on and on it seems...
After wrestling through the entire 70+ minute monster, you can't shake the feeling that you learned about Sgt. Roxx just a little too late. They could and should have been up there with the greatest, but for whatever reason they didn't make it that far.
I know I'm only 3 albums deep in the Eönian pack, and they do have a small but very strong band line-up, but this one leaves the greatest impression so far. Highly recommendable!
Last Updated (Saturday, 29 January 2011 10:18)