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Review: Bitch - The Bitch is Back
The Bitch is Back

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1987
Duration: 36:44
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 23, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Bitch is Back

Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

Sometimes you feel like just kicking back and do nothing but listen to some catchy, upbeat, commercial heavy metal. That's exactly what this album is. Known mostly for the lead singer dressing like a dominatrix on stage, Bitch never got much commercial success, proof that gimmicks don't always work. Too bad, for this is a pretty good album for when you're in the mood for this type of thing. The music is stuck somewhere between heavy metal and glam, but definitely leaning more toward metal than glam - think mid-80s Twisted Sister or Mötley Crüe (not quite that but the similarities are there), with some really cool guitar parts and quite convincing vocal work - the woman definitely could sing with punch - we're absolutely not talking opera-type vocals here! Unsurprisingly, the lyrical content is quite light, some of it probably got some teenage boys' bed sheets sticky back in the days. But as I said before, this is the kind of album for when you just don't feel like thinking. Interestingly, the title track was penned by none other than... Elton John. The other songs are by the band members themselves, however.

This is not the kind of album that really attain classic status, but almost 20 years after its release, I still get a kick out of an occasional listen. Proof that 80s commercial metal didn't have to suck.

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