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Vivid

Living Colour

1988

Vivid

Album Summary

Vivid is the debut studio album by American band Living Colour, released on May 3, 1988, through Epic Records. It was one of the most popular albums of 1988, peaking at #6 on the US Billboard 200 chart and certified double platinum by the RIAA.

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Rating

3.16

Votes

4562

Genres

  • Metal
  • Hard Rock
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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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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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4

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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3

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

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3

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

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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5

Great

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5

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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5

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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5

Brilliant! Loved every song!

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5

What a dynamite f'n album. Almost has a bit of that unique rock, funk, and rap feel of Faith No More but even better. Tracks 1-5 are just so full, hard, loud and awesome with such intricate instrument work (and a bit of soaring ballad to boot on Open Letter). I did not realize how incredible a guitar player Vernon Reid is. Yeah, he kills it on Cult of Personality but what he does on I Want to Know, Middle Man, and Desperate People is just as electric. I mean, Muzz Skllings and Will Calhoun are no slouches on bass or drums, but damn the guitar sounds. I also think Corey Glover's vocals are fantastic. Tracks 10 and 11 had a similar pulsing rock vibe (loved Which Way to America) while they seemed to experiment with different sounds a bit more on tracks 6-9. Funny Vibe almost felt like a Rush song with its different time signatures and long bridge to outro. Broken Hearts sounded a bit country. Glamour Boys sounds like a more rocked-up combo of Jimmy Buffet and Gloria Estefan. Whatever the case, I loved this album. It may have just rocketed into my top 25 all-time favorite albums I loved it that much.

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5

Living Colour is one of my favorite bands from the 90s. This album is pretty bright, compared to their later albums. I personally prefer 'Time's Up' and 'Stain' to this one, but I understand why they chose this one, as it has "the hit" on it. This album has the song of theirs that I never got into, which was "Glamour Boys". Maybe it's because I'm neither a "Glamour Boy" nor do I consider myself "Fierce." The song seems different, lighter and a little goofier than their later stuff, even with Reid's guitar crunch. But despite that, this album started them on their journey, and everything comes from this album. They've really progressed from here, and you should really check their other stuff if you liked this one.

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5

A few weeks ago (as I write this in August 2022), my wife and I saw Nate Smith and his band play at the Blue Note in NYC (they were incredible; see Nate Smith if you can), and Vernon Reid, the guitarist from Living Colour, hopped on stage with them for the last 15-20 minutes or so and was absolutely incredible. And I can hear it here. And I loved this album when it came out and I love it now. These guys are fantastic.

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5

This album is awesome.

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5

This is an unexpected 5. Feat. Public Enemy, Mick Jagger, funk bass and occasional socialist undertones. I had Living Colour as UK synth pop in my mind but was way off the mark. A real cool fusion of stuff going on that I’ll have to revisit.

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5

Bangers up and down the track list. What a vibe.

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5

Hard, funky and soulful.

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5

cool

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4

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

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4

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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4

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

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

I put this at a 3.5 mainly for Cult of Personality. The rest is ok

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4

Funky rock n' roll. Hey Red Hot Chili Peppers, over here 👋. Listen and learn, it can be done without sounding shit.

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4

My heart bursts with semen every time I hear this record. It's like the first sunshine of the summer, or a rousing Nazi rally...just really tugs at the heart strings. Its beauty is so exquisite that it can make a grown man put his own cat in a blender and wank as it liquidises in front of his stupid crying face.

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4

Pioneers of funk metal! This album is definitely of it's time

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4

This is an absolute riot - noisy, rocky, with some great moments of samples and beats, and finishing on a wild cover of Should I Stay Or Should I Go. I'll be going back to that one I bet.

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4

Really enjoyed this album. Why aren't there more Black rock bands? Started out mid-level but as the album progressed I loved the diversity of Genres they played with. Early tracks reminded me of 80s Hair rock, later tracks reminded me of Barenaked Ladies. Some ska, reggae, metal, and even rap in there. FUN. GOOD JOB GUYS.

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4

Always enjoyed driving around San Andreas listening to ‘Cult of Personality’. Rest of the album is pretty good too

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4

Wat glam-metal/rock is meestal wel leuk om naar te luisteren. Al vond ik deze ondanks de goede bas-riffs niet echt een uitschieter

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4

Really enjoyed it!

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4

Impressive debut, but they really hit their stride on Time's Up

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4

Awesome rock, awesome variety, awesome messages!

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4

Rock muy interesante

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4

Again, another album I loved as a teenager. Hard rock/metal that isn't mind-numbingly dumb (although the lyrics are not the most sophisticated ever. They tend towards basic agitprop, but they aren't stoopid). They leaned into being a Black metal band, bringing their politics and musical influences with them (particularly elements of funk). Great, but unsurprising in retrospect to see Chuck D and Flavor Flav guesting. Good on Mick Jagger for recognising their talents and producing a few tracks (although they are not my favourite tracks on the album). I tend to play Times Up more often as my real favourite Living Colour album, but this stood up really well. I think my own nostalgic fondness really helps boost this record for me. Probably a 3 star for most people, but I love it enough for 4.

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4

Once again the only track on this LP I was familiar with was the hit single - Cult of Personality. Although I do own the 7 inch single of the Clash cover, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, which appears on the CD reissue, and which I’m quite fond of. Anyway, I really enjoyed the album. At the time it was released it was pretty unusual to find a guitar-based rock band membered by a bunch of black guys. But I have to say that these guys do the memory of Jimi Hendrix proud. Side 2 is terrific. It begins with Funny Vibe, a great track with a false ending featuring the dudes from Public Enemy, and an excellent cover of the Talking Heads’ Memories Can’t Wait. Mick Jagger’s harmonica opens and closes the album’s only ballad, the beautiful Broken Hearts. I love What’s Your Favourite Colour? and cannot understand why it was edited to less than 2 minutes on the vinyl. The side ends with Which Way To America?- which opens like an INXS song but then goes guitar-crazy. Loved it. Realy enjoyable.

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4

absolutely loved this, which was such a surprise for me as im usually not big on 80s rock/metal and tend to stick with the 70s. This is very nearly 5 star, but for now sits at a very very high 4. will definitely revisit!!

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4

Lots of great music, but the production on the album is very 80s, with treble in overdrive. Gets a little grating, despite the great songwriting and musicianship. Favorite songs: Cult of Personality, of course - it's a great song and never gets old. Funny Vibe - the lyrics hit hard - make sure to check out the Funky Vibe Mix on the extended version of the album. Memories Can't Wait - great Talking Heads cover. Glamour Boys - For some reason I always thought this was a cover - it's a great example of the wide range on this album. Not a bad song on the album (although I think the beginning of Open Letter (to a Landlord) sounds like Corey Glover doing his best Michael Bolton). I'd give it a 5 but the production style unfortunately takes it down a notch for me.

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4

i wasn't expecting to have such a good time with this album. definitely will be coming back to this

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4

Pas trop fan des parties jazz fussion, dans l'ensemble c'est un peu trop glam pour moi, mais le concept global est cool.

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4

Not my style but great album.

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4

I really enjoyed this album and only knew one song going in!

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4

Imagine throwing the Beastie Boys, any 90s metal group and a funk group together and told them to take turns to make an album!!

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4

A cornucopia of sounds that shouldn’t work together, but do. Like if the Chili Peppers weren’t so cringey. Fav tracks: Cult of Personality, I Want to Know, Desperate People, Broken Hearts

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4

Not the most impressive album-wise, but exceptional in terms of most tracks individually

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4

Living Color bring funk's swagger to the at-the-time dreadfully unstylish swamps of hard rock.

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4

Great album. Really helped get 80s rock out of its stale funk. Cult of Personality is as relevant, if not more so, today.

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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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3

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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3

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

3 stars

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3

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

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3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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

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3

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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3

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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3

Some good bops, better than metallica

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3

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

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3

Pretty much what I expected. Just ok.

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3

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

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3

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

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3

Not that notable but I didn't dislike it

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3

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

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3

Beetje funk, beetje rock. Best grappig!

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3

Pretty good I think

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3

Cool.

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3

3.5

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3

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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3

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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3

No Again, Public Enemy influence. Enjoyable metal

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3

Above average 80s hard(ish) rock

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3

not my thang but it was kind of good.

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3

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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3

fun and a little sassy

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3

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

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3

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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3

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

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3

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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3

Interesting, nice mix of genres and good production but boring

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3

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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3

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

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3

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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3

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

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Good background music

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