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Published on October 30th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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Billy Idol’s ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’ – album review

On October 21 Billy Idol released his first new album in over 9 years titled ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’.  It has been over two decades since Billy Idol lost his place in the rock world…does this album give him the chance to regain his rock stardom or is he setting out for something new?  Just shy of a decade later and now years sober and in the midst of a new creative process here is what I thought of one of my favorite 80’s rockers getting confessional on his latest album!

At 60 years old, Idol sounds like he has regained his confidence now more then ever (especially in the track titled ‘Ghosts in my Guitar’).   Exploring new territory in which some might call more mature, this album holds a lot of unexpected ballad tracks, which seem out of place for the typical Idol we are used too, yet fitting for his new album.  By listening to this album I could tell that Billy Idol was going for a new sound, something more restrained then his familiar ‘Rebel Yell’.  It seems like Billy Idol is somewhat battling with himself in the album, attempting to hush and hide his old school rocker side with a newfound world he has discovered without completely losing the crazy rock we all initially fell in love with.  It seems as if Idol isn’t taking as many chances in this album as we would have hoped for, his more dangerous moments that captured me initially are replaced by moments of pop music (on his new track titled ‘Can’t Break Me Down’) that don’t seem to hit home for me being the old school 80’s guitar rock lover that I am!  However I was ecstatic to hear him re-create the UFO synth line from ‘Rebel Yell’ on his new track titled ‘Postcards From the Past’.

My advice is to listen to this new album with no expectations of Idol’s previous work in mind, give it a fresh start.  Although you will hear parts in songs that will make you reminisce on the older Idol we all enjoyed, listen to ‘Kings & Queens of the Underground’ with an open mind, taking into consideration that Billy Idol is a changed man with this being his first album in almost a decade. Enjoy!

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