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Madman’s Lullaby – ‘Sins of Greed’

posted 7 Jan 2018, 12:06 by Paul Woodward

(Melodic Rock Records)

Review by Woody

‘Sins of Greed’ the fourth album from American rockers Madman’s Lullaby would have been right at home on a music store shelf in 1988 because it’s retro hair metal to the max! Madman’s Lullaby have a rambunctious old school hair metal sound and attitude. Full of energy, loud guitars and sharp vocals and it’s straight off of the eighties LA Strip rock scene.

Although these guys create a style of music which I thoroughly enjoy I didn’t find myself really taking to these songs and I found very little to enthuse about. It’s not bad, far from it, the musicianship is exemplary but none of the songs reach out and grab me and get me invested in them. They have the style and energy that emulates the golden era LA strip bands but without the choruses or hooks to compliment that it feels a little mediocre and ultimately forgettable.

If there had been just one radio friendly chorus amongst them I think the album may have charmed me more, but it all seems to fall flat when it comes to the choruses and there are no other major hooks which keep you interested.

It’s not a very commercial album at all but I do feel the average hair metal fan will find a lot to enjoy on this album and guitar fans will appreciate it more than the average rocker as they will be drawn to some great guitar riffs and killer guitar hooks like the one featured in ‘Don’t Walk Away’. I think guitar fans will have a deeper appreciation for the instrumentation side of the songs and the lack of commerciality will be less important to their listening pleasure.

Madman’s Lullaby have a really defined sound and I fear that goes against them creatively as I found the songs lacked individuality and many of the songs had a similar feel to them. On the positive side though they embody the genre’s core rules, rambunctious, energetic and rebellious so if bands like Hanoi Rocks and Motley Crue stroke you the right way then there’s a good chance you’ll dig ‘Sins of Greed’ far more than I do.

I can’t really rave about ‘Sins of Greed’ but genre fans should definitely give it a chance as the retro sound will definitely appeal to anyone who believes anything released after 1991 is shit!

Track Listing: One Shot / Makes No Sense / Little Demons / Live Again / Don’t Walk Away / Quicker With Liquor / About You / The Storm / Man Down

Album Rating: 5/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Don’t Walk Away