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Makin' Love To Someone Else's Dream - 98%

SweetLeaf95, August 26th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2008, CD, Eleven Seven Music (Crücial crüe edition, Remastered)

Let's play a little game of fact or fiction. First stance: Too Fast For Love is a raw heavy metal album where all of the songs are mixed in a stripped down manner with no glitter or gloss. Indeed that is true, and is obvious enough to the point that no further explanation is needed. On the other hand: Too Fast For Love is a punk rock driven album with few metal aesthetics. I say false. In fact, I've never been able to see where everyone gets this notion. The only thing about this disc that screams punk is the album cover, and that's about it. The guitars aren't based on punk layout, they're a combo of pounding heavy metal riffs with speed factors as well as slower melody driven pieces, and even touches of submerged guitar tones. It also doesn't really have the correct attitude to be punk. Most punk fans would scoff at the idea of this being punk, as well as the thrashers that were too cool for the Crue. Of course, what would Nikki and co. care? They just focused on making heavy music with sexual appeal and partying to the point of near death before they even made it big. The way they saw it, those sexually frustrated mosh-pit going Motley haters did nothing but fuel that raw energy behind what Too Fast For Love did for heavy metal.

Enough of what Too Fast isn't and going back to what it is, something that makes it unique is the way that they could create an album that is grossly inconsistent work so well. Yes, I mentioned that it all lies on the under cooked side of sheer energy and sex appeal, but that's probably the only thing that stays true for the whole record. As far as songwriting, it bounces all around the spectrum. Starting with the hints of speed metal, album opener "Live Wire" and the pretentious "Take Me To The Top" serve this side with the right amount of accessibility. The former is the one that became a staple, and it's a classic, but that latter is the one that really breaks in the sped up chugs that build up suspense, only to drop it all into a slower and more rhythmic verse before returning to that in the chorus. On the opposite hand, there are the slower, more melody driven tracks that don't fuel their flame from energy, rather softer instrumentation and vocal harmony. "Starry Eyes" comes to mind, with the band laying on a beautiful amount of harmonics to go with Vince's mesmerizing, and almost feminine delivery. Also, anyone ever notice that the drum intro is almost identical to that of Ghost's "Stand By Him"? Record closer "On With The Show" takes the same method, but shuffles it around, and introduces it on an acoustic note. The changes in mood and stellar solo work are pretty amazing, and for this, it's one of my favorite songs on the album.

The grittier aspects of this crushing debut come in on the down toned tracks with a meaner punch to them, like the booming "Come On And Dance". The riffs here represent some of the heaviest moments on this album, and the beloved "Piece Of Your Action" takes the same exit, and the title track utilizes this to a degree as well. The neatest part of all of this, is that none of the three main ingredients are displayed on any back to back tracks, and the way that the similar atmosphere weaves them all together is just incredible. The only weak song on this is "Merry-Go-Round", with its uninspiring and repetitive chorus, as well as a lack of substance in the musicianship that every other track displays. The whining in the title track is a bit much too. Other than this? Too Fast For Love is forty minutes of raw genius. Of course, if you get this specific version, you'll get three unreleased tracks, as well as a demo and a live cut. The unreleased ones are pretty neat, as they're laced with a much friendlier rock 'n roll vibe, presenting influence along the line of Cheap Trick and other '70s power pop ridden rock bands. If you haven't heard these songs, give them a try, because while it's different, they're well worth your time. On the other hand, if you somehow haven't heard this record itself yet, now is the time to do so.