Picks and Pans Review: Dr. Feelgood

UPDATED 10/23/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/23/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

Mötley Crüe

Will wonders never cease? Apparently not, since that execrable excuse for a rock band, Mötley Crüe, has put out a pretty good album.

Granted, it's patently derivative hard rock, with the usual sexist satyric lyrics. But the music does kick some major butt, and in sophistication and sonic impact, it's leagues ahead of anything the band has ever done. They even manage to sustain the fever pitch from the hammer-headed title track to the Aerosmith-like crunch of "Slice of Your Pie," which borrows its long fade-out from the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." Along the way there are such highlights as the nitro-charged "Kickstart My Heart" and the bumper-car bash of "Sticky Sweet," which features the distinguished chorus of outside rockers Bryan Adams, Steve Tyler and Jack Blades. The group reverts to stultifyingly stentorian form only on the odious anthem "Time for Change."

Dr. Feelgood really represents the revenge of guitarist Mick Mars. If you've ever seen the Crüe perform, the sight of the pudgy, pasty Mars sausaged into skintight pants, his hair teased into a towering rat's nest, staggering around the stage on high-heeled boots makes him a figure of derision. No one will be laughing at him after his performance on this record though. It's his savage, squalling guitar that thrusts this collection into orbit and keeps it flying.

Dr. Feelgood is a dangerous, dense-packed, dandy din from Mötley Crüe. Yes, Mötley Crüe. (Elektra)

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