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Main » 2010 » September » 7 » Billy Idol - Whiplash Smile (1986)
Billy Idol - Whiplash Smile (1986)

Artist: Billy Idol
Album: Whiplash Smile
Released: 1986
Source: Chrysalis
Genre: post punk
Format: eac/ape 261mb


Although it was ultimately an unsatisfying album, failing to live up to the promise of its fabulous single, "To Be a Lover," Whiplash Smile still burned clean with an immediately recognizable 1980s energy. Like Billy Idol himself, who affected the punk archetype but cut it with a two-dimensional, cartoonish plasticity perfect for the decade, Whiplash Smile expands on the sound of the 1983 breakthrough Rebel Yell while cleverly leaving its key elements unchanged. Idol's inherent Jim Morrison-ness was fleshed out, and Steve Stevens' already atmospheric guitar work was blended even more seamlessly with a percolating pot of shifting styles, new wave dance beats, and synth-heavy production. "Soul Standing By" and "Man for All Seasons certainly rocked — Stevens' guitar work crackles with inventiveness, even augmented as it is with multiple overdubs. But like most of Whiplash, the songs seemed to exist in a phantom zone akin to the prismatic holding cell of General Zod and his cohorts in Superman II. The plodding "Beyond Belief" and the weird, Marty Robbins-meets-Del Shannon-in-space vibe of "Sweet Sixteen" are similarly opaque. There's plenty to listen for on Whiplash Smile, and Idol's attempt to expand his palette is admirable. Unfortunately, there's nary a memorable hook here outside of the single and whatever mileage can be gained from his trademark sneer. In that sense, Whiplash Smile is similar to so much music of the decade, which got by with rayon flash and giddy video posturing but little in the way of reality. But that means that Whiplash Smile is also disappointing: Idol's best work was equally as era-defining, but it lived on to be just as memorable after the calendar flipped on the Me Decade.

Track List:
01. Worlds Forgotten Boy
02. To Be a Lover
03. Soul Standing
04. Sweet Sixteen
05. Man for All Seasons
06. Don't Need a Gun
07. Beyond Belief
08. Fatal Charm
09. All Summer Single
10. One Night, One Chance


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Billy Idol / Whiplash Smile-1986

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