ADAM BOMB - New York Times

Adam Bomb - New York Times

12 songs
52:52 minutes
***** **


Adam Bomb looks like straight out of the Eighties: hairspray, lipstick and a tiger-patterned shirt. Not the best way to get started with an album. Once you start listening to New York Times, you instantly get a feel of music from olden times. As a matter of fact, this album has been recorded back in 1990, under the influence of many illegal substances. The producer was sent to rehab after the recording sessions. The master tapes were stolen, and Adam Bomb was bribed years later to buy them back. This is a nice background story, and somehow gives the sleaziness on this record some credibility.

The opener Lyin' With Dogs comes already with a fat horn section, and reminds of the great comeback years of Aerosmith. From there on, it's less poser metal than a time travel into the early Seventies, when punk was just starting out. The two first New York Dolls albums come to mind when I listen to New York Times, and also the show-off attitudes of a young Alice Cooper. The fact that Adam Bomb worked with two ex-Hanoi Rocks in the past shouldn't come as a surprise then.

Apart from the music, there's also a lot of famous guest musicians like Mick Taylor from the Rolling Stones (whose It's Only Rock'n'Roll is covered here) and Steve Stevens.

If you expect modern rock, you will have to look somewhere else, but if you like the early sexiness of pre-punk, New York Times might just be what you have been waiting for all these years.

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