ALBUM : KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE
ARTIST : BILLY IDOL
GENRE : ROCK
Date Released : 2014
If you think that aging rock singers won’t slow down, think again. In Billy Idol’s case, he did but it doesn’t mean that his music is boring at his age at over 60 years old. Yes, he still rocks but not as the one you hear in his SPEED soundtrack contribution.
Watch “Rebel Yell” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdphvuyaV_I.
In this album, he relied on 80’s style rock thus he has Can’t Break Me Down which is a somber and tamer version of Rebel Yell but still is a good old Billy Idol song. “Save Me Now” has the usual Billy Idol reverb that figured prominently in Eyes Without A Face.” There is that obligatory rock ballad in this album with One Breath Away which sounds like an 80’s relic.
Watch “Can’t Break Me Down” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rUrYN4cnGs.
In “Postcards From The Past,” you have a song that summarizes the 80’s sound of Billy Idol thus, you hear familiar hooks of “Rebel Yell, “White Wedding,” “Cradle of Love,” and “To Be A Lover. The homage to past is still evident in songs like Kings and Queens of The Underground which is like an old SCORPION track. Eyes Wide Shut is like a song that will help you travel back to your past. The past is important to him probably as there is a track here that sounds like a part of his GENERATION X days; Whiskey and Pills.
Watch fan-made video of “Eyes Wide Shut” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miSCYm89Yg0.
It is quite surprising that there is a Billy Idol song that will sound like Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” especially on the guitar aspect. The hook is quite similar. However, this song is probably the one that sounds most current and without intention of paying homage to his past hits. In “Nothing To Fear,” he sang about new frontier and if this his intention to show his new vibe perhaps he is mildly successful. You should listen to “Love and Glory” which is perhaps an oddity in his discography as this is more like a U2 track. This track alone proves that he can still deliver good music. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The most amazing track in this album is Hollywood Promises.”
Listen to “Hollywood Promises” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1y3KT5-2Hc.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it