I fell completely for Crazy Lixx’ previous album as it was a fresh breath of air into the sleaze rock genre. The songs were all about partying and girls and that stuff, combining to an easy, fun listening experience. On this album they said beforehand that it was going to be darker I that got me a bit worried that they would lose some of the elements that I liked about them. The biggest news is the addition of a second guitar player, which adds another dimension to the songs. After a couple of spins I think that there might be a slightly darker tone to the songs, there is at least a thicker sound this time around. But do not worry, the playfulness is still here. Still present as well is the vocal performance from Danny Rexon, which is just as good as on New Religion.
The band still produces classic rock ‘n’ roll with the best of them and if New Religion had more hit songs, this album feels more like a complete album. Standout songs so far are: Church of Rock, Young Blood and In the Night. Especially the latter has some heavy AC/DC-influences, although the vocals bare more than one hint of Def Leppard. Sweet, Bad & Beautiful sounds like Poison or Motley Crue. It is easy to see where Crazy Lixx draws their inspiration from but they manage to piece it all together to create their own sound.
If you already own New Religion you must also buy this. If you have not heard that one you should that and this album as well. You cannot go wrong with this band if you like rock ’n’ roll. The future for Swedish rock looks very bright again. Good work lads!