Sunday, 21 July 2019

Album Review: CRAZY LIXX - Forever Wild

Crazy Lixx - Forever Wild

01. Wicked
02. Break Out
03. Silent Thunder
04. (She's Wearing) Yesterday's Face
05. Eagle
06. Terminal Velocity
07. It's You
08. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
09. Weekend Lover
10. Never Die (Forever Wild)

2017 saw Crazy Lixx release their amazing Ruff Justice record (read my review here), which was my second favourite album of that year (here's the list). Naturally, I've been very excited to hear the follow up, and a little apprehensive too. They set the bar so high with Ruff Justice, would it be unreasonable to expect them to top it? Am I simply asking too much?

I'm going to cut to the chase. Forever Wild fucking rocks! I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is better than its predecessor, but it still features plenty of great, instantly catchy, 80's-style rockers. There are no massive surprises on the album, with the band opting to play it safe with their tried-and-tested formula of Hard Rock that embraces clich├ęs to the point of parody. It works for them, mainly because Crazy Lixx are so good at this, and somehow they make music that's so familiar yet fresh at the same time.

Wicked is a massive riff monster of a track and the perfect opener. Other favourites include Break Out, the Top Gun inspired Silent Thunder, the AOR masterpiece that is Eagle, and Terminal Velocity with its pop sensibility making for a seriously catchy chorus.

Forever Wild is a very strong album and ticks every box that existing fans would expect. The production is excellent as usual, and it really does deliver in terms of song writing. Most importantly, it's great fun and the perfect accompaniment to a long hot summer.

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