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Vivid

Living Colour

1988

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Vivid

Rating

3.14

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5

I listened to the heck out of this album in the 90s. It still rocks, if it's just a bit dated. Great guitar and bass playing. Very high energy, hard rock with some other stylistic elements. All very good!

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What a blast from the past. I had this cassette and listened to it quite a bit. Gotta remember late-80s mainstream music wasn’t that great, and this was an excellent alternative to hair metal (pre-grunge). Couple of great covers (Memories Can’t Wait!!). Still has bones!

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Opens with Cult of Personality which took me right back to the late 80's. I don't know when I last heard this song but all the grooves are still worn into my brain. The opening riff is worth a star all on its own. I'm not sure how much more I've heard before; I'm perfectly happy to explore further. The lyrics are somewhat hit or miss, though I definitely like the singer. The music has tons of hooks and I find enjoyable to listen to. The song Open Letter is familiar, though honestly a little hokey, but the music carries it. Funny Vibe and Which Way to America are somewhat better. Very fun Clash cover. I like Faith No More and Primus and etc and feel like this is right up my alley. I've told Spotify that I wouldn't mind hearing it again from time to time.

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Cults of Personality is a straight banger. The rest feels like a lesser tier of Huey Lewis

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An album that is somewhat idiosyncratic and yet very of it's time. Certainly a unique combination of genres. I want to like this more than I do but I think its the vocal style (and some of the lyrics) that bring it down for me. I am more familiar with guitarist Vernon Reid from his 96 solo album "Mistaken Identify" which I enjoy much more. Even their 93 album "Stain," though generally not rated as highly, is much heavier and more interesting to me.

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I expected not to want to revisit this.. i don't have great recollections about Living Colour, but Cult of Personality was way better to listen to again than thinking about it. It holds up. Unfortunately, there's a lot of okay content and then the weird funny vibe. Open Letter is also strong and i give them props for what they were doing at the time.

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Funky rock like a light RHCP. Very early 90s, like it belongs in some action set piece for a Nickelodeon live action show. break out the zubaz and flat tops. I drags on at points. Extended version does not help. Standout tracks: Cult of personality Funny Vibe What’s your Favorite Color?

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5

Listened to half the album, surprised by how much I liked the yeehaw. Will Deff finish the other half soon.

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5

Well timed on the last day of black history month. Hopefully I’ll see them at riot fest this year

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5

J'aime beaucoup beaucoup. Excellente découverte. Lola aime bien aussi.

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5

Living Colour is something genuinely unique in rock and roll. An absolutely phenomenal album, and featuring one of the greatest rock covers of all times in These Memories Can't Wait.

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Great

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En general un grato descubrimiento. Escuchar una banda negra con un sonido tan pesado (o sea pesado en el sentido hard rock/metal) es muy refrescante. A reserva de sonar patronising, creo que de las cosas que más lamento de la escena del metal en la actualidad es en realidad la falta de negros. Me la pasé re bien la verdad. Uno que otro momento de vocales muy de la época que no me gustaron pero en realidad, bastante chido casi todo, El final de Which Way to America está loco, solo por eso fue mi fav. Mood: headbanging to funky tunes

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5

Amazing. From start to finish, this album is funky, rockin' and gets you moving.

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5

Funk-tastic! This is the shit.

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5

It's like they've taken all the bits of hair metal that I like and dropped the bits I don't like.

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5

Open Letter (to a Landlord) is a tune and still applicable mostly Which Way to America? is very topical and current still. Memories can't wait cover is excellent, catches the song very well but still made it their own and arguably better. Tasty, tight and short 11 track album. Bonus track: Should I Stay or Should I Go cover was unexpected but very good with double time, small lyric tweaks and no spanish backing vocals which are odd choices.

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5

Tellement bon , un classique vraiment 5*

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5

There's a lot that I should say about this album

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the opening track is awesome, really sets you up for the whole album! love it’!

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5

Qué buen y entretenido disco. Conocía la de Cult Of Personality que salía en el Guitar Hero (y que Casper dominaba) pero nunca le había dado play al disco completo. Hasta la versión extendida me gustó. Creo que mi parte favorita es la mezcla de guitarras pesadas con ondas funk y las voces que no son exactamente metaleras y entonces le dan una textura extra.

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5

Back to being young again!

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5

Yasss. I owned and played this tape until it died. Loved it and never understood why they never achieved this high again.

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5

what a band and songs with a message or commentary about the times. Great to hear a full album of theirs, it’s been ages

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5

From the title and cover art I did not expect this to be a heavy rock album. From the era I did not expect this late 80's heavy rock album to have aged well. My expectations have been proved resoundingly wrong. This is a hugely enjoyable album with well constructed songs, catchy choruses, faultless musicianship, a variety of styles (arena rock, metal, funk, soul, rap) and interesting themes. 5/5

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5

This was great. I remember this leading to a bit of a funk-metal craze at the time, but they were missing the whole free form thing that Vernon Reid was throwing out there. This is still their best integration of all that.

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5

I had no idea. Amazing.

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5

Good album.

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Heard this album a fair few times, it's funky and metal and just fuckin cool 4/5.

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i was excited about this album when it showed up and i'm FEELING it!!

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4

This was really quite good! Not nearly as heavy as I was expecting, given the Wiki article, but still a good combination of different genres imo.

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4

Love the variety here, great album

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I thought of this band as a one-hit wonder before today, but that was unfair. This album is full genre-bending goodness. Best track: Cult of Personality

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4

Cult of personality!

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4

Can't believe I've never heard this before. Great album.

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4

Metal/hard rock with clear singing. Some songs stand out, most others are solid

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4

Good stuff! Luv

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4

Enjoyable album great rock and hip hop inspiration at points 3.8

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4

apparently cult of personality comes off a woke bop of an album

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4

This album was so groovy! Not sure if everyone had the live versions or if mine was extended somehow but I didn’t love the live versions. Loved the rest of it though!

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4

Funky metal

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4 exactly. hard to put cult of personality as the first track and be able to follow that up

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Buen rock, creo que no ubicaba a una banda de rock cuyos integrantes fueran todos negros. Lo disfruté y además lo que tiene de denuncia social fluye junto con lo demás. "Cult of Personality" y "Funny Vibe" fueron mis favoritas. 8.5/10

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4

Really good album beginning to end

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In 1988, few heavy metal bands were comprised of all black members, and fewer had the talent or know-how to inject different musical forms into their hard rock sound (funk, punk, alternative, jazz, soul, rap) -- but N.Y.C.'s Living Colour proved to be an exception. Unlike nearly all of the era's metal bands, the group's music has held up over time, thanks to its originality and execution. Living Colour leader/guitarist Vernon Reid spent years honing his six-string chops, and was one of the most respected guitarists in New York's underground scene. He couldn't have done a better job selecting members for his new rock band -- singer Corey Glover, bassist Muzz Skillings, and drummer Will Calhoun -- as their now-classic debut, Vivid, proves. Though the album was released in mid-1988, it picked up steam slowly, exploding at the year's end with the hit single/MTV anthem "Cult of Personality," which merged an instantly recognizable Reid guitar riff and lyrics that explored the dark side of world leaders past and present (and remains LC's best-known song). The album was also incredibly consistent, as proven by the rocker "Middle Man" (which contains lyrics from a note penned by Glover, in which he pondered suicide), the funky, anti-racist "Funny Vibe," the touching "Open Letter (To a Landlord)," plus the Caribbean rock of "Glamour Boys." Add to it an inspired reading of Talking Heads' "Memories Can't Wait," the Zeppelin-esque "Desperate People," and two complex love songs ("I Want to Know" and "Broken Hearts"), and you have one of the finest hard rock albums of the '80s -- and for that matter, all time.

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4

Awesome album! Not quite a 5/5 but close!

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Ja ik mag dit wel. Fantastische stem, en lekker energiek. Duidelijk de sound van eind jaren 80, maar nog steeds goed te pruimen. Beetje oude Chili Peppers maar dan met een echte zanger 😁

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4

Really enjoyed this album...except for the last song. It sounds ahead of its time by about 10 years. It's made me want to check out their other albums.

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4

Finde es tatsächlich n gutes Album. Vereinzelt echt gute Lieder!

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4

I liked that

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4

Creo que está un poco pasado de moda pero se deja escuchar.

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4

It is ironic (not the right word… cosmically aesthetic?) that I got Living Color the day after Rage Against the Machine, since RAtM basically took “Cult of Personality” and “Funny Vibe” and ran with it. But here we are decades later, and these songs are still sadly relevant. Bit more funkay than RAtM, bit less serious. I can dig it. Now I’ll stop before I embarrass myself further.

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4

Solid jams, songs are a little repetitive but the sound is good so it's the worst thing.

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4

What an amazing album. I came in pretty cold - had only heard "cult of personality" before. But wow, they sound like a few other bands from the time but have their own distinct twist. And what a varied album, hard rock, pop rock, funk, soul, rap, little bit of country. Memories can't wait is a great cover. Every song is fantastic. Coming out of the gate with a debut album like this, I dunno how I've never listened to them before but I'm blown away. I'm keep 5-star ratings for what I consider to be perfect albums. I would give this a 4.5 but have to round down.

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4

Was hoping for an aural detox after yesterday’s fiasco. Dare not say the name. And BANG! Hit with a hard rock banger that brings back the excitement of playing GTA San Andreas. Opening track, Cult of Personality. I would have struggled to stay alert for another 1 star album and I’m conscious not to let that skew my review of this album. Style is in line bands of the time. Faith no More, Janes Addiction, RHCP and even Mr. Big. However as the album progresses, there are harder rock and cheesier riffs that drag us back to the 80’s and give off Van Halen feels. Have to remember this album is ‘88. Some very catchy, punchy bass riffs that are keeping me interested and even reminding of Big Country in part. Nice to hear songs I’ve definitely heard before but maybe wasn’t sure who the song was by. “Funny Vibe” could be straight out of RHCP’s Mother’s Milk. It’s interesting to see this band is a group of black New Yorkers and have produced very similar sounds of mostly white LA 80’s funk rockers. Verses of “Which Way to America” is borrowed straight from Talking Heads which is good to see. Very Tina Weymouth with heavier tone. Decimalised ratings would have helped me rate this more effectively. It’s better than a 3 but not quite a 4. I’m not counting any of the bonus tracks included on the Spotify bonus version.

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4

Sequência de riffs que verdadeiramente arrebata.

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4

Two bands helped save the boredom of rock at the end of the 80’s: Jane’s Addiction and Living Colour. Vivid was killer through out and still got something to it.

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4

Reminds me a lot of mother love bone. Had a few listens of this just on in the background. Think it needs a proper listen. I'll revisit it but going high and giving it a 4.

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4

Very solid debut from this quarter of NYC music students. Some classic songs here, with just a little bit of filler(“What’s Your Favorite Color” in particular never landed for me). But it has aged well, and the performances and production are both fantastic. The band’s next album, Time’s Up, is their masterpiece imo.

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4

An excellent album that I haven't listened to in far too long.

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Grand Theft Auto San Andreas let’s goooo!!!!!! Really enjoyed this one - full on late eighties nostalgia - the sound is so crisp and clear! - and the playing is incredible, especially Vernon Reid’s funky guitar solos and Muzz Skilling’s amazing melodic bass. A funk rock fusion to savour- just blast the album and enjoy musicians doing their thing.

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4

Fantastic album. Brings all the songs of yesteryear back to me.

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4

Unexpectedly enjoyed this!

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4

Nice. Pretty good rock album.

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4

I have listened to all of this album before. I liked it enough back then, that I listened to the next album too. I like "Cult of Personality" and "Glamour Boys" enough that they are on my 'I will listen to this again' list (5 stars). As a whole, my opinion of the album is still the same as it was when the album first came out. I like some tracks very much, but most of the album is okay (3 stars). With rounding, I guess the album gets 4.

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4

Rocking, social commentary, catchy. I had heard Cult of Personality a million times on GTA but really enjoyed this listen. Blunt. Aware. Cool. 4/5.

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4

Oh, those late 80's vibes, the 90's were just around the corner and things were taking a good shape. Love how these guys would mix several influences into their brand of groovy hard rock.

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4

Dope album with some really inspired tracks. Totally worth the time.

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Después de reconocer Cult of Personality no tenía grandes expectativas pero fue una grata grata sorpresa. Los solos bastante atascados y los poderosos riffs hacen de este disco una chulada. Mi único pero son las dos últimas canciones que siento son los tracks más flojos del disco pero en general, gran sorpresa. Songs: I want to know, Middle Man, Memories Can't Wait, Cult of Personality

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3.5 | En realidad no conocía mas que Cult of Personality y no tenía bien idea de qué esperar. En mi opinión el disco llega a su pico de manera inmediata con esa canción y nunca llega al mismo nivel, sí es un caso en que la canción y el sencillo es lo mejor que tiene que ofrecer, sin embargo no es para decir que el resto sea malo, quizá solo que es demasiado estandar. Por letras en realidad nada que poner atención, todo lo esperado y sin cosas notables. La música bien hecha, hard rock/pop noventero que suena muy correcto, a veces un poco más pesado, a veces más baladesco, un poco de funk, metal... suena bastante a RHCP pero sin sentirse forzado ni copia... simplemente es la manera en que hacen canciones. Buen disco , muy sólido pero lo realmente brillante es esa primera canción.

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4

Second great album in a row from 1988 (got Tracy Chapman's ST yesterday) and man Vernon Reid is a monster! I still dig a lot of this, obviously Cult of Personality is great song with a classic riff. I had forgotten about Chuck D and Flava Flav popping up in Funny Vibe. Open Letter To A Landlord and (Talking Heads cover) Memories Can't Wait are also highlights.

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So, I loved this band when they first came out. I generally preferred Time's Up, which I thought had stringer songs across the board. But, listening again, it does have Cult of Personality, Glamour Boys, and Middle Man, all of which are very strong. Some dated production choices aside, it still sounds great. Everyone's playing at their peak. Contemporaneous live records tend to cut loose a bit more, which si wild. It has the advantage of a metal album that incorporates other influences (most notably funk, which was pretty fresh at the time, if later to become cliched) and not-dumb lyrics (occasionally a little heavy handed, but forgivably so). Politically aware, energetic, heavy. Still a great listen

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4

Good album - thoughtful lyrics

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I really like the "groovy funk" feel of songs like Middle Man. Then the heavy drums of songs like Desperate People. Seems weird to me that as much as I loved Cult of Personality in my youth and the rest of my life, I don't think I ever heard this whole album before. And lots of powerful lyrics like in Which Way to America.

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4

I listened to it, it wasn't quite my cup of tea, not bad though

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4

Genre defying: metal/funk/hip-hop/rap. An eye-opener!

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4

I've heard a couple of songs on this album before but had no idea what band sung them. The albums great - I listened to a couple of the songs multiple times!

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4

bella scoperta molto glam

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4

Rock animado.

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4

This band. What a sound. Corey Glover. What a voice. Fuck yeah. This album gets double horns. \m/ \m/

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Enjoyed Middle Man

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4

Better than I expected!

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4

Hard Rock, quindi mi piace. Bella 'Cult of Personality'. Anche 'i Want to Know' continua sullo stesso, piacevole stile. Arrivato a 'Open Letter (to a landlord)' posso dire che l'album mi piace molto, ma gli manca qualcosa per fare lo scatto definitivo a masterpiece. Bello però, un 4 pieno.

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4

I really loved this, it was a few songs shy of being a ten out of ten for me

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Kom stórkostlega á óvart. Las mér síðan til um bandið. Frábær skilaboð. Ekki verið að syngja bara um sólarlagið heldur texta og lagasmíðar með bit!

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4

Look in my eyeeeeeeees what do you see? This was actually an awesome album. They are more than a one hit wonder and his voice grew on me with every song. Great stuff to start the year.

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4

Having been aware of Cult of Personality for half of my life this far, I went into this album with high expectations and they were exceeded. Elements of this album remain relevant and impactful thirty plus years on and is thus essential listening. Favorites: Cult of Personality, I Want to Know, Desperate People, Broken Hearts and Glamour Boys.

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4

Love this album. A cool mix of rock, blues, fun good shit.

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4

Terrible album art but this was alright.

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4

This was a solid, fun to listen to album. Like probably a lot of people, I'd heard 'Cult of Personality' before but nothing else by these guys. A pleasant surprise to discover that the rest of the album holds up to that standard!

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4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Cult of personality, I want to know, Which way to America

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Wow, this is solid 😝🤘

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4

I liked the album the start of the album was the best bit but a good sold rock album

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4

I remember this from early teens…. OMG.

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Heavy heavy funk

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Just tällasten toivossa aloitin tän haasteen! Voi pojat, mitä musiikillista iloittelua. Jos oisin viitisentoista vuotta sitten gh:n myötä tutustunut cult of personalityyn tarkemmin, niin olisin löytänyt herkkuja. Se oli tosiaan kipaleista ehkä vähiten kiinnostava, mutta kaikki muu olikin sitten priimaa. Tekstit kantaaottavia, kitarointi puhdasta, kuivaa ja funkya. Genrejä ainakin rap, rock ja funk. Muistuttaa paikoin hyvin paljon rhcp:tä kasarilla. Tutustun tarkemmin!

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4

Really love their funky vibe! Over all a good album but the hit stands out

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4

Funk and glam make for a surprisingly tasty treat.

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4

Great album - 90s hard rock

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Hidden gem! I've never heard of this band before, but I'm really digging their sound. I love the lead singer's vocals, and I love the funky rock fusion. I'm guessing this group has never come up before for me because they were marginalized black voices at a time where there was no room for anyone but white male bands e.g. RHCP or Faith No More. And that means no airtime on MuchMusic. But I'm sure glad I've become acquainted with them now, will definitely revisit! Also, I like that the album art looks like it was designed in MS Paint.

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4

Younger me really should have bought this album when I loved Faith No More and Extreme and all those bands. I can appreciate it now, but I think it would have blown my tiny mind back then.

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4

They are Glamour Boys!

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4

Reid and the crew take a detour just too far into camp for my taste, but Vivid should still live forever. It's a wonderfully accessible album, with performances that balance fun with virtuosity, gracefully-aging social criticism, a collage of genres, and excellent basslines.

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4

This was a pretty good glam album with a unique sound. First song of course is the biggest hit and sounds very arena rock, while some other tracks have kinda of easy going reggae-voice like sound. 7/10.

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4

Good indeed

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I forgot how much I loved this album when it came out. It was one of the first heavier bands I ever listened to. I always admired their mix of punk and metal. So much energy, so much rage.

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4

Cult of Personality is better than it has any business being. This album kicks though. Good riffs, some cringy 80s style posturing on social issues instead of 70s style, outright, protest style commentary. But, hey, at least they're trying. I will keep this album in the short list of decent 80s rock and roll.

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4

Cult of Personality is a masterpiece, carries the album but the rest is solid.

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4

Great album. Cult of Personality and Glamour Boys lead the charge of a solid set of songs.

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4

Just a fun rock album with some great guitar.

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3

Some catchy stuff but I'm just not feeling it overall.

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3

BRa stuff, GH3 !

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3

I wouldn’t say metal, considering the musical landscape of the late 80’s, but fun time.

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On my second listen, and enjoying the album overall. 'Cult of Personality' is obviously the stand-out, but there's some other notable tracks on here, as well, like 'Desperate People'. That said, I am feeling that, other than the aforementioned stand-out, the other tracks are fairly generic sounding. The guitar work is incredible, but the songs themselves fall pretty flat. It might be because 'Cult of Personality' is such an incredible song, that it just sets a bar the rest of the album can't match.

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3

Not bad. First song definitely a hit. Some really cool and interesting instrumental bits. I'd like to listen to again but doubt it would be in my rotation

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At first I was like, ehhh generic 80s-90s "classic/hair metal rock" sound, but it got better as it went on. It's cool that they were pioneers for people of color in this genre though. I guarantee many racists listened to this band, found out they were black, and were like "I'M SO CONFLICTED". Listened to some live performances on YouTube and they seem to get much heavier and more interesting to me. I can see some RATM vibes, I'm guessing they were influenced by LC a bit. Lyrics seem to be a bit socially conscious which is nice to hear. I have heard "Cult of Personality", not a huge fan. I've heard Desperate People, that one is not bad, cool guitar work. Overall very good control of his voice, but not my type of vocals. I got to Memories Can't Wait and was like HOLD ON A SEC. Man, many people covering Talking Heads from our list so far.

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3

kinda cool don’t know really

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3

kinda catchy. not really what I wanted to listen to. cover so cool

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3 stars

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3

Not bad. not totally my thing, bit of punk and rap though.

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7

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S'alright. I know the one song from the sketch show and "Cult of Personality" - possibly from GTA and other Best-of lists.

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i really dig the lead vocals. electric bass slaps pretty hard. all in all, id say this is a pretty solid rock album. some socially progressive lyrics to boot

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3

It was ok... definitely a big drop off after “Cult of Personality” Favorite Track(s): “Cult of Personality”

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A lot of good variety in sounds and some killer guitar work/vocals

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3

It was nice to revisit this one. It was such a big deal when it came out. There were some songs I didn't really remember, and then some I was excited to revisit. It's not terribly inventive, but there are some solid songs.

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3

Not really for me.

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6

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Liked it more than expected/feared

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Today I worked on pulling louver and flush window details from Train A and adding them to the Train B set. Also began working on the demo plan and the slab plan for the addendum due on Jan 20th. This album was super easy to work to and kept me motivated through the day.

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i dunno. it was music. has the cult of personality song. then a bunch of their songs all started sounding the same.

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Fijne stem. Ik kende al een paar nummers maar vond niet alles op deze plaat je-het.

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3

Yeah decent. Very 80s and political messages. I liked track one, but I can’t remember what it was called. I watched the video on YouTube. You should check it out.

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Best tof om weer eens te horen, maar niet helemaal af kunnen luisteren

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Tge music part was enjoyable and for a style of singin I generally dislike and cringe at, this was not offensive at all. Concept was kinda weak - seemed like it was just.... we're black! But given the time, I won't fully blame them. Anyway, it was entertaining at the least, but a 3 (really more of a 2.7) at the most.

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I think I saw this band live as a warm up to a dinosaur band. It might have been the Stones? I'm falling behind on my 1001 homework so had a chance to play this but didn't really have a chance to listen.

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Some good bops, better than metallica

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got me rocking :) added the broken hearts track to my allsorts playlist

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Pretty much what I expected. Just ok.

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It's alright, the first track was easily the best, no questions what so ever.

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Unfortunately, the quality of songs varies massively after the opener, which deservedly became a hit.

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Not that notable but I didn't dislike it

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Classic rockish.. I didn't really like the vocals.

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Beetje funk, beetje rock. Best grappig!

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Pretty good I think

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Cool.

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3.5

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One great song. I used to listen to this quite a bit when it came out. I don't remember most of the songs now.

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Cult of Personality will always be a banger. Then the rest of the album is kinda meh.

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Cult of Personality on Guitar Hero was my first and only foray into Living Colour. For a US based band there is a noticable British rock/punk sound in the beginning of the album. When you find out the bassist was British born, this connects the dots. It then moves to more of a funk vibe, and finishes off the album with turn to some metal. Best: Cult of Personality Worst: Open Letter (To a Landlord)

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No Again, Public Enemy influence. Enjoyable metal

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Above average 80s hard(ish) rock

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not my thang but it was kind of good.

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it was decent. Hasn't aged super well and it wasn't my bag when it came out. the racial profiling song is still relevant today. They added some decent swag to the Clash cover.

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fun and a little sassy

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Did like this one - a couple poor songs but overall it was good.

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Pretty decent rock album. Felt like this band combined a few elements of hard rock, hair metal, and pop alternative. The album had a lot of diversity it in which was good and bad. Overall it was decent. 6.4/10

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This was a decent album. Good riffs and some fun songs, however it gets tiresome by the end.

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Cult of Personality. What an opener! I wasn't too familiar with the rest of the album. Enjoyed it, but nothing else really stood out.

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Interesting, nice mix of genres and good production but boring

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This album is weird. It's like new age and rock, very strange. It makes me uncomfortable. Not very good, pretty average, and uninteresting.

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Some songs better than others, but a great example of 80s rock

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I really like the funk rock sound of this album, a really good listen, some of the guitar riffs (while strong) were a bit redundant for me personally, but a really solid album from the late 80s.

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Enjoyable listen! Wouldn't mind hearing this again every once in a while.

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Good background music

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Fun harder rock album. Cult of Personality slaps of course. Really enjoyed this

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Top picks: Cult of Personality and Desperate People. Didn't listen to the whole thing, but I liked the first half well enough.

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It was OK - of its time I guess

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Reid was an amazing guitar player. There's a weird combination of great songs and questionable songs on this album. Really feel like they should have stuck to 8 or 9 songs and would have made it a fantastic album. They kinda dribbled out the shot clock and then passed the ball.

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Cool riffs, and I like the funk mixed in to the rock. It's good music and it's enjoyable to listen to. I think the album starts off really good and then dips a bit until the last three tracks which are bangers.

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I started this album after reading the Wikipedia page on "Living Colour", so I was with very high expectations. After listening to it, I'm a little bit disappointed, because the mixture of all these music styles could be a great album, but it's just "casual and chills". Maybe I'm biased because I'm sure that this album influenced a lot of bands that I like and so I see just the same song style every day, but how knows. It's a nice album and just it.

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Nice, the Cult of Personality band! Love that song on Guitar Hero 3, love it here as well. Didn't know these guys were a black rock band, that's pretty sick. They've got a great sound, especially the vocalist who is both clear and powerful. Great guitar work too, as if that's a surprise. Can't say I loved too many individual tracks on here, but it was an enjoyable ride with enough hits to carry. Favorite tracks: Cult of Personality, Desperate People, Broken Hearts. Album art: Lives up to the name, very colorful. No idea what I'm looking at it, but I like it. All the negative color stuff going on is fun here. 3.5/5

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It was great when It came out. I don't feel the same love I had for it back then, now. It is still good though. 3/5.

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Stacked back-half, but still not really for me. I’m glad Living Colour exists, though; they were vertainly better than the Chili Peppers.

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Very innovative and influential for rock. Was surprised to hear what sounded like metal chords and riffs at points.

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Me ha gustado la take alternativa del sonido del rock duro, no sabía que esperar porque no conocía a esta banda. Está curioso el contenido de la letra, asociado a este sonido, es curioso. El opener (que está en la cultura popular por alguna razón (la razón debe ser simplemente que es una canción famosa)) es totalmente estelar y probablemente el punto más alto del álbum. Otros highlights son Funny Vibe y el remix con Prince Paul. Not mad at all pero no es exactamente para mi, aunque tiene mucha personalidad. Un 2,5. PD: Fun fact que acabo de leer en wikipedieishon después de escuchar: coproducido por Mick Jagger

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Album started off good and then it was just non-stop filler. Thought I was enjoying it and then it just dragged on. It’s a shame because there are some really cool parts and gems hidden within, but overall just boring

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Just lacks the swagger and melody of similar late 80s rock bands.

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Technically good but not for me musically.

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It was ok. I remember this from Guitar Hero Favorite song: Cult of Personality

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I've never went far beyond they're hits, so a lot was new to me. They've always been one of those bands I knew had a much denser back catalogue than they're singles led on to, but I just never took the time. They really hit with some great, heavy topics (especially "for the time"). It all, of course, leans a little too 90s rock-funk? But they're more Fishbone, than Chili Peppers, which is a positive, for sure. One of these days I'll continue through they're discography to really get a feel for how they progressed. Not today, but someday...

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i feel the album doesnt really know what it wants, its a mix of glamrock, 80s rock some hip hop all while song by a very 80s sounding singer. Its not bad per song but as a whole its a bit confusing

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Þessi fellur á milli 2 og 3 stjarna, en ég leyfi henni að njóta vafans. Fínt hart rokk, fagmannlega flutt og af innlifun, sum lög eftirminnileg meira að segja. Söngvarinn er samt ekki að gera mikið fyrir mig, og þyngri lögin eru ekki að gera mikið fyrir mig.

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Nothing against them, but seems middle of the road rock. Not bad though and would listen again. I already own another of their albums

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Cult of Personality is obviously the main draw here. The rest of the album is fun enough, but nothing really lives up to the opener.

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Better than I remember, but you might have been biased back then

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Hmmmm... kind like Faith No More with about 50% more glam metal. I didn't hate it, but it didn't really grab me either. Fave track - "Broken Hearts", I reckon...

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I liked it but nothing that stood out, however it's just good overall classic rock

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Yeah fine. A bit samey after a while but fairly pleasant.

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A new album for me. Particularly enjoyed "Funny Vibe", "Memories Can't Wait", "Which Way to America" and the guitar in "Broken Hearts". Very close to being a 4 for me and maybe it will be after a few more listens.

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Not as good as I remember it from the time.

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Nunca los escuché, por alguna razón nunca me topé con ellos. Supongo que su mezcla de rock y funk no era tan popular en Chile, pero lo tiene todo para serlo. Incluso dos hitazos de la época

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The punk indie rock worked sometimes but other times I didn't get it. I hated how it sounded on the cover of 'Should I stay or should I go' but liked it on 'Broken Hearts'.

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3.6 - Despite some sophomoric political posturing (e.g. "Open Letter (To a Landlord)"), this is an aptly named album with lots of colorful guitar work. Obvious standout: "Cult of Personality."

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Ce groupe m'a bien berné. Je pensais avoir affaire à un album très sympathique, mais plus les pistes défilaient, plus je me suis mis à detester cet album. C'est donc sur des pensées confuses que je propose cette note de 3 sur 5.

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Je n'ai qu'un vague souvenir d'une entame plutôt rock et d'une conclusion assez funky. À moins que je confonde cet album avec le précédent, ce qui ne m'étonnerait pas un seul instant étant donné ma personnalité très tête en l'air.

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I had heard of Living Colour but had never listened to them. Their brand of socially conscious funk metal fused with R&B and soul is certainly interesting. The music is punchy and was a lot of fun to listen to. The biggest issue for me was just how dated a lot of it sounded. It was quite enjoyable though.

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tuneful but not very memorable, like much in 1988

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Cool

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Eh, ihan jees räminää. Avausraita on klassikko ja oli siellä muutama muukin hyvä, tosin Glamour Boys vähän rasittavan puolelle menevä renkutus. 3/5

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Jättää avausraidan jälkeen aika kylmäksi. Vähän tällästä itsestäänselvää kitarakaahausta. Ihan jees. 3/4 mut lähempänä kahta pistettä

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A couple of good songs, incredible guitar licks. Unfortunately, every Living Colour (Coloür? Never noticed the umlaut before) song loses steam half way through. Like they had a great idea for a song, but then had another great idea before they could put all the finishing touches on that song and so they wrap it up and start on the next one.

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Blended together, classic rock.

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Good start, getting a mix of Kiss/RHCP vibes as we go along. Moving into a little ballad-y jam? Not my fave, nothing wrong with it but just not really connecting with this.

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was ok - felt like songs that would be used at the end of an 80s film about a battle of the bands, with everyone cheering afterwards and carrying the band out of the arena on their shoulders

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This had some good rhythm, some nice guitar and a good sound but over all it just felt a bit flat. Felt like it was trying to copy a lot of better bands in the same genre rather than being something different.

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Not timeless

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Not bad but not that into it. I thought "Funny Vibes" was a disaster of a song until I looked them up and found out they are a group of all black men, then the lyrics made more sense. Got Huey Lewis and the News vibes at certain points, but Living Colour is more hardcore. The moments when they fused hip hop in were somewhat intreguing. Overall didn't do much for me, was tired of it by the end of the album.

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Eh, not so much.

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Wow this was very samey and in your face. Wasn't a fan

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Not a huge fan of this one. A bit too loud for me in places but there are aspects of it I liked.

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Not at all what I was expecting when it said metal album. confusion out of 5

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instruments are neat, vox are quite corny. 3/10, not feeling this one

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I agree with MG's assessment. Black guys rocking out is a nice change of pace, but it gets tiresome pretty quick.

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could be better

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Rock duro metálico. Esto no me va a mi.

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The problem that 2nd (&3rd & 4th) generation hard rock bands are faced with, from my POV, is that by the time they hit the scene, Jimmy & Richie & Tony had taken all the good riffs. These guys have salvaged some passable riffs, the vocalist is good, I like the funky twists, but my anti-commercial radio radar went off way too many times, esp. on songs like "I Want to Know." And the first thirty seconds of "Open Letter" is cringeworthy. I don't usually like covers, but I DO like the cover of "Memories Can't Wait", or I should say I liked the first half: it transforms the song into a party anthem, which it is in a weird kinda way, but then they take two minutes to wind it down. Sheesh.

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2/5

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It was a good album. I don't have much to add mainly because it isn't the sort of album that appeals to me at all. I'm sure the content was really meaningful, but it was just packaged in a way that I didn't like. Meh.

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Ungute Mischung aus Pop und Heavy Elementen

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Nope

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I really enjoyed Cult of Personality, mostly since I already know the song, and that’s about it.

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I imagine this is what it would sound like if Huey Lewis tried to do a metal album. 6.1/10

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Very interesting. Didn't especially like it, but interesting. Too much guitar pyrotechnics - 'shredding' at the cost of musicality, a pet hate of mine. Very clever but it sounds terrible.

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One good tune does not a good album make! Opening track Cult of Personality is a certified nosebleeder! Rest of the album is certified meh. Disappointed in all honesty.

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It’s like the 80’s and 90’s started a fight but ended up just rolling around on the floor with one another.

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// Favs: Cult Of Personality Score: Strong 2 to Light 3

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1 half decent song rest not worth listening to

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There are some highs here...but the lows are LOW. A bunch of cringe on this album

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loving the beginning. voice is okay? reminds me of someone kinda annoying but i can't place him. lyrics are meh. music is insane though too bad i don't love the vocal part. well this applied to all songs. 2.5.

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Cool riffs and Cult of Personality is a classic, but aside from that it was a bit boring.

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2.5

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eh

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Not for me. Guitar wankery in EVERY song.. 2 🌟

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There's nothing terrible here, but also nothing that pricks my ears up. I'm not really sure why it's even on the list to be honest, it's pretty much like 90% of rock bands sounded at the time. Nothing earth shatteringly new.

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Most songs are pretty lacking of substance. Another album that is just plain and doesn't belong on this list. Highlights: 1, and 2.

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It has a serious tone problem. One second you'll be listening a hard rock song then the other it'll turn into a 80's pop song. The lyrics don't have this issue as they're all just political lyrics or words about societal problems. I generally liked both sides of this album's spectrum; I just wished it picked a sound to stick to. It took away from the lyrics, which is what I thought they wanted the focus to be on in the first place. Favorite track: Open Letter (To a Landlord)

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Bro, we live in a society, with guitars!

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Meh. Really not my cup of tea. I checked out their more recent albums, and they were better.

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Este grupo (o este disco) me parecen una mezcla de Aerosmith + Guns & Roses + Dream Theater. La música no me pareció desagradable, pero tampoco me pareció particularmente notable.

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Bog standard rock, lyrics were interesting but cant get excited.

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Although it varied throughout, was just too 80s rock for me, i didnt enjoy the lead guitars or the vocals

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Very 80s vibe. Not bad just not for me

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Cult of Personality and jaunty late 80s rock. If you get a chance, check out the music video.

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Not really my kind of music

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Spretigt. Mest klassisk hårdrock men även en del funk, metal osv. Något med rösten som jag inte gillar.

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usch och fy

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Glamour Boys oft gehört, wohl gute Festivalband

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Ohne

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First few tracks had me leaning toward a 3, but by 2nd half I was over it. Other than Cult of Personality, +1 for Desperate People.

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Oh no. This is the dumb wrestler's entrance music. Oh no. No wonder that song has over 82 million plays... This has colored this whole album... 80s rock isn't quite for me.

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Voy a ser sincero, no he acabado de escuchar este disco por lo que la nota va a ser totalmente irreal, pero las tres primeras canciones no las he disfrutado. Seguro que algún día lo volvere a escuchar y diré : ah, está guay. Pero hoy no será ese día.

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I feel like I don't understand who this band is at all. It felt all over the place.

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not my thing.

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Not my cup of tea. Interesting band and great musicianship, but I didn't find the songs to be all that catchy. 2/5

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Generic feeling. Bass was nice, vocals made me stop the album and go listen to Genesis.

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Eh some good bits quite a lot of very meh bits

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Desperate People and Open Letter are the shining, glowing spots on this late 80s, cultural wannabe metal/funk hybrid - bits of Faith No More, Pearl Jam and lots of RHCP - but generally it's forgettable

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Vernon Ried was a guitar guy in the '80s haven't heard from him since. This is okay but maybe not my cup of tea anymore

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Vivid by Living Colour (1988) This is an album that’s not exactly bad, but it’s far from good. The only song that rises (slightly) above average is the opening track “Cult of Personality”, and the only performance that shines is the multidimensional Hendrix/Santana-influenced guitar work by Vernon Reid. He shows real talent. But the band Living Colour would not have had much success if not for the backing of one Mick Jagger, who provides very minor cameo harmonica hooks on “Broken Hearts”. Meh. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s greatest virtue was displayed in the (somewhat opportunistic) fortitude he demonstrated in his 1956 “Secret Speech”, where he denounced the “cult of personality” that had developed around three-years-dead Joseph Stalin. One may justifiably wonder where Khrushchev’s fortitude was when he was climbing his own ladder to power by doing Stalin’s evil bidding in Ukraine during some of the Soviet tyrant’s worst years, but the charge of a “cult of personality” caught hold, resonated, and propelled Khrushchev to global recognition. (I highly recommend the delightfully funny movie The Death of Stalin, where the “cult of personality” is satirized, and the part of Khrushchev is played by Steve Buscemi.) But in the opening track of this album (“Cult of Personality”), Living Colour harnesses recollections of Malcolm X, JFK, Gandhi, FDR, and Mussolini to put a moral question mark on the concept. As political philosophy, the song is clunky, incoherent, and impotent, but safe. The marketing guys would have had no problem with it. Nor would sugar daddy Mick. It was harmless enough to win a Grammy. The eclectic remainder of the album is all over the genre map, from hard rock “I Want to Know”, “Middle Man”) to thrash metal (“Which Way to America?”) to rock/thrash/funk (“Funny Vibe”) to . . . well, you get it. A conveniently skippable record if you’ve got more important things to do. 2/5

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God, this didn't age well at all. The overall sound (gated drums, clean distortion on guitars, reverbed vocals...) is everything you can criticize about the eighties, and the crossover fusion compositions are hackneyed and cliché. That's too bad, because the socially conscious lyrics are very interesting. But the music is just awful. During those years, hip hop was starting to become what Public Enemy's Chuck D named as the "Black CNN". Of course, Living Colour were not so far from that objective themselves when it comes to their lyrics. But If you want to feel the true power of political messages uttered during those days, coupled with powerful sounds of Black America looking for true emancipation (even if some of those hip hop sounds also admittedly sound a little dated today), go to Public Enemy, BDP, the Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, The Goats and other bands like this instead. And if really you want to delve further into rock-funk-rap crossover landmark albums with a political agenda, maybe go a few years later, when the genre was finally out of its awkward infancy with stuff like Rage Against the Machine or Body Count. You can't blame Living Colour from trying to open doors that had not been opened before (apart by Parliament/Funkadelic, maybe) But sometimes, beginnings are not the most interesting moments of an overall story... Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 967 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 13 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 11 (including this one)

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That's not bad but it's not the kind of music I like. There is a cover of The Clash's song.

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Yeah, ok. Not bad, good energy, not my favorite.

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J’aime le métal, moins le funk. J’entends sur cet album du Faith No More, du Mr Bungle, du Primus et même du Rage Against The Machine, donc sûrement une grosse influence pour ces groupes. Les musiciens sont bons, mais j’ai de la difficulté avec la façon de chanter. Cult Of Personality fonctionne bien.

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C’est un peu drôle. C’est comme un band d’afro-Américain qui font de la musique de blancs qui font de la musique de noirs. Ça a biaisé positivement mon écoute. Peut-être parce que la partie « Funk » de l’affaire est moins loose. Les gars sont bons, mais le son vieilli vraiment mal. Le propos est important et pertinent par contre. « I want to know », on dirais « New Kids on the block » avec de la disto. Il y a quelques bon riffs (Desperate people). Bon petit solo de bass sur « Broken hearts ». Le remix de « Funny vibe » est meilleur que la vrai. Je me souvien que lrsque j’étais au Cégep, Will Cahloun était partout dans les Modern Drummer. J’était donc allé écouter ça et j’avais trouvé ça vraiment mauvais.

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Quel mélange étrange...drum assez métal, guit glam rock, bass funky chanteur et tounes trop pop pour le son du band... quand c'est plus funk ça se tient plus (what's your favorite color genre) Première toune quand le chanteur entre on dirait du soundgarden😄 Clairement ils ont influencé beaucoup de band à venir genre RHCP, RATM, Primus un peu et le grunge en général. Les tounes sont bien écrite, c'est pas juste un loop de groove, c'est surprenant à plusieurs endroits. Broken heart c'est hilarant: gros beat de drum full reverb ds l'snare pis un solo de bass un peu too much😂🤣😂La ŕealisation est soignée mais un peu victime de l'époque (Mick Jagger à l'harmo ?!? WTF?!?!) Est-ce que c'est le fun à écouter? Une fois peut-être. le réécouter ? J'irais pas jusque là... il y a du solo de guitare 80s à la pelletée, un peu too much tant qu'à moi... pis que dire de la bass slap? Tout le monde aime ça c'est certain😆

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Never heard this before. Found this interesting at times it sounds ahead of its time and other times it’s very 80’s rock. The vocals just reminded me of all the rubbish hard rock/Nu metal that was around in the 00’s, that put me off it. Really isn’t an album I’ll come back to, but appreciate why it’s on the list.

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Aged badly

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Notes of early REM. I thought I would like it more than I did.

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Average

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2.4 - decent album, but just not a huge fan of this sort of heavy glam rock.

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Ihan ok. Aiheutti kyllä loppua kohti vähän samaa vitutusta kuin RHCP, mutta lievempänä.

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This one just did not resonate with me. Though technically impressive, the tracks are all over the place and just do not mesh with one another. There's additionally too much push-and-pull between overlong choruses and indulgent shredding that make the songs 1-2 choruses too long imo.

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This sucked

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I do not like this music. The first track was a song I remember from GTA San Andreas. I found it annoying then, and I find it annoying now.

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Really bad shit.

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Nah. Funk metal is not my bag

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Production is good. Unlikely to revisit.

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A steaming turd of an album. Who knew lasts 80s hard rock/fusion could be so bland.

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Over produced fashion rock, I can appreciate they’re good musicians but the showboating is not for me.

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Not my thing

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Thought this was terrible

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Awesome album portrayal of their name but listened to 3 Hard Rock songs and it’s a Hard No for me

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Yuck!

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Gostei de apenas uma música, que por sinal é a mais ouvida: Cult of Personality. Tem algumas músicas ok mas no geral é um álbum esquecível, sem personalidade, existe muitos outros de hard rock que fazem o mesmo mas fazem melhor.

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The vocalists voice is very grating, the lyrics dumb, the instrumentation very bland

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Shite

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Not worth a second listen.

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Funk metal shouldn't exist.

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A bit bland for me, and the heavy rock aspects definitely not my thing.

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Appalling 80s plod rock, only improved by some slap bass, which ISN'T an improvement. Go away.

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