So here I am reviewing an album with POISON. A band that I respect and whose music, image and attitude I often defend. POISON to me though is "Look What the Cat Dragged in", "Open Up and Say Ahhh" and on rare occasions "Flesh & Blood". This band havent done anything interesting in the last ten years. On the contrary they have released one weak album, one laughable livealbum and one pointless compilation. Brets recorded an uninspired soloalbum and . the list goes on. The Only product worth a listen is "Crack and Smile" which, ironically, wasnt released! How fans still manage to be interested in this band is a mystery to me. What does it take for a band such as POISON or KISS to lose their loyal fans? Isnt ten years of low quality enough?
"Power to the People" is another fine example of POISON*s pointless production. It contains ten livetracks from 99 and five new songs. All recorded with the original line-up which brings some excitement to this release. Lets begin with the livesection. Is POISON a great liveband? I suppose there are two answers to that question. POISON is fun to watch live, or at least they were in their younger days, but they are NOT fun to listen to! A POISON concert is like a party and when youre in the audience it doesnt really matter that it sounds like shit. Its fun anyway! BUT, and that is a big but(t), when you are at home, sitting in your room, it does matter that POISON are mediocre musicians. The Ten livetracks are thirty minutes of noise, sometimes reminiscent of POISONs songs. At least its better than "Swallow this live".
The five studiotracks are good not great but good. "Cant bring me down" is similar to the sound on "Crack a Smile". "The Last Song" is a bad excuse for a power ballad. "Strange" is a mid-tempo affair which could use a better refrain. "I Hate every bone in your body except mine" features CC Deville on vocals! He actually turns out to be a better vocalist than Bret Michaels eventhough the autotuner sounds a bit strange. This is the most vital POISON song Ive heard in quite awhile.
I didnt need another livealbum with five studiotracks from POISON. I want a new full-length studioalbum with an enthusiastic original line-up and a competent producer. I hope my wish will come true this decade.