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L.A. GUNS – SHRINKING VIOLET

This is the deluxe reissue that we’re talkin’ about here and, to be completely honest, I’m not really sure what I think about it. On one hand, if I was gonna reissue an L.A. Guns record, my first choice would probably be their debut release or “Cocked & Loaded.” It’s not that this is a bad album. There’s some good material to be heard here. It’s just…when I hear it…it’s more like a Jizzy Pearl album. Some people say that his style worked well with L.A. Guns. Personally, I think it changed the style of the band a bit too much. Then again, L.A. Guns (as a whole) would constantly change from album to album. I think that’s why some people love ’em and why some people hate ’em. Uh…anyway…for those of you who were into this album the first time around, the reason to pick it up again is for the live tunes that were added to the end of the album. “Decide,” “Rip & Tear,” “Never Enough,” “The Ballad Of Jayne” and “One More Reason” are what they give you and I think it does give the album a little extra punch.

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