Turbonegro, the brilliantly homo-erotic neo-'70s rock band that released "Apocalypse Dudes" (one of the best albums ever released, in my opinion) returns with "Scandinavian Leather" on Burning Heart. Upon hearing of the impending release, I was excited... but I knew there would be no way that Turbonegro would be able to top "Apocalyse Dudes". I was correct.
As soon as the disc begins, it's obvious that the band went down a much more experimental path. The music is much mellower (as the other guy said), more laid-back, and just not as good. The songs are no longer intense and edgy while still being polished, like on "Apocalypse Dudes". The few that stand out are "Wipe It 'Til It Bleeds", "Turbonegro Must Be Destroyed", and "Sell Your Body (To the Night)". The rest of the songs are decent, but can't compare to the band's ingenius last album.
Lyrically, "Scandinavian Leather" is also much worse. The lyrics are no longer cryptic in a strange, sexual way... now they're obvious in a strange, sexual way. They're much less poetic, in addition.
I'd recommend this to anyone who LOVES Turbonegro... anyone else should get "Apocalypse Dudes", and then "Ass Cobra."
I was quite disappointed... then again, maybe I'll enjoy the album the more I listen to it...
Turbonegro have mellowed down a bit, but they still have enough power in them to make this disc interesting. Not at the level of "Apocalypse dudes", but it has many bright moments. The formula didn't change: hard-rockin' riffs, catchy choruses, blazing solos, perverted attitude and dirty lyrics. Very good.