April 10, 2014 Vanity Blvd – Wicked Temptation (Album review)
In 2005 the gods of rock saw fit to bless the world with Vanity BLVD. The Swedish foursome, formed by Anna Savage (vocals) and original bassist Roxxy, who brought together Traci Trixx (guitar) and Frecko (drums), immediately made a name for themselves with their debut album Rock N Roll Overdose (2008) released via GAIN/Sony BMG, which was praised by critics and fans worldwide. Since their inception the band has made a couple of changes to their lineup with a new drummer and bassist, Gebb and Pete Ash respectively. Staying true to the ‘Sunset Strip’ sound, their second album, Wicked Temptation was released February 8th of this year on Noise Head Records and is sure to solidify their reputation in the world of glam and hair rock.
Opening strong with “Dirty Rat”, the track grabs you from the first moment with adrenalized guitar paired with Savage’s vocals, set to a hard paced tempo reminiscent of Ratt or Motley Crue. It does not stop there though, every track serves up a sexualized cocktail of rock and rebellion with songs like “Hot Teaser” and “Scream Out” to keep you in the upright and fully rocked position.
While the whole album is strong, two songs tower above the rest; the first being “Had Enough”. This piece lures you in with a tone completely different than any other track on the album and as soon as you settle in for a ballad it catches you with the right hook of rock clean to the ears. This is a masterpiece fueled by passion both musically and lyrically. The second of the titans is “Thrills in the Night”, which drops on you with a heavy bass intro and gets straight to the point; we’re here to kick a hole in the sky. Traci Trixx really shines with intense guitar work all the way through and the kind of timing that takes years to achieve. This song is the embodiment of glam rock and personifies everything the genre represents.
Wicked Temptation is a true gem, characterized by driving guitar and powerful vocals, the entire album will keep any listeners horns in the air and heads banging until the very last song. It does not matter if you’re a headbanger from the heyday or sick of modern rock and pop, this is a great album to add to any type of rocker’s collection. Every track is like a time capsule back to a golden age of glam rock. The best part about Wicked Temptation is that it is only Vanity Blvd’s second album, leaving more time for exciting kick ass music. CrypticRock gives this album 4.5 out of 5 stars.Review written by Jesse Graham