Whilst fellow Scandalnavians Turbonegro send up 70's glam
of Alice Cooper, 69 Eyes have spent the last 17
years examining the evolution of glam to gothic from 60's to the
90's. The starting point for Angels is The Sisters Of
Mercy, whose "Detonation Boulevard" provides the
core of "Frankenhooker." The obvious Doors reference
on "Los Angeles" is accurate right down to replicating
Jim Morrison's signature scream. "Rocker" has
the same ironic chest-pounding spirit as McCluskey's grand
"My Love," with a nod to Raw Power era Iggy
The lyrics are a tad weak and sometimes random, "Nothing's
left here but the sun/ The human race is on the run/ The ancient
gods should have told/ The earth has never felt this old."
But there's an unexpected poigniancy in "Shadow Of Your Love"
and "Wrap Your Trouble In Dreams" that counters the
strutting and cock-rocking. The radio friendly construction may
turn off some whose tastes run beyond Marilyn Manson, but
there's a crunch and a wink and a smile in the tunes. And singer
Jyrki 69 has a growl that could bring Peter Steele
to his knees.
2. Never Say Die
5. Perfect Skin
6. Wings & Hearts
7. Star of Fate
8. Los Angeles
9. In My Name
10. Shadow of Your Love
12. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
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