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Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Every Genre Has Its Poison

  • Feb 3, 2004
There's one in every family. You know, the kid who isn't that talented or intelligent, but manages to make it big time. In the hair band era, Poison was that kid. None of the songs on this disc are epic, but I bet that anyone reading this review can sing at least one of Poison's songs word-for-word.

Their songs are just infectious. From "Unskinny Bop" to "Nothin' But a Good Time," Poison cranked out hits that just wouldn't go away. You were forced to tap your toes or bang your head to every song they put out. "Talk Dirty To Me" set teenagers across the globe into giddy abandon. Every song, with just a couple of exceptions, was pure, out-and-out fun. Poison looked like they had fun playing the stuff and the fans had fun listening to it.

The exceptions were "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something To Believe In." These songs showed that even the happiest kids on the block had a heart.

Later songs(post "Flesh and Blood")seemed to signal the end of the fun days of Poison. As a matter of fact, "Flesh and Blood" was probably the last good album these guys put out.

Listen to this album if you're still trapped in the boring gloom-and-doom days of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Poison knows how to have a good time, and this disc will definitely pick you up.

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Pop pundits might contend that a Poison greatest-hits collection should be an EP. Yet despite jeers from critics, these glam-metal pretty boys produced big hits, filled arenas, and fueled MTV in the late '80s. And the opening track on this 18-cut compilation sets the record straight: "Nothing but a Good Time," indeed. From down 'n' dirty rockers such as "Talk Dirty to Me," "Look What the Cat Dragged In," and "I Want Action," to mega-ballads "Something to Believe In" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," this is a treat for those who like big hair and bigger hooks. Included are two previously unreleased songs, "Sexual Thing" and "Lay Your Body Down," the latter a lush, likable five-minute power ballad. One complaint: the song-by-song notes by singer Bret Michaels somewhat lack the pizzazz one anticipates from a band with such a colorful comportment.--Katherine Turman
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Label: Capital Records
Artist: Poison
Release Date: November 26, 1996

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