After doing the Danger Danger Album Ranking, I thought why not continue and do all of Paul Laine’s albums as well. So, here we are with Paul Laine’s albums ranked Worst to First!. Who is Paul Laine you might ask? I will tell you.
Paul is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer from Vancouver, Canada. He started out as a solo artist way back in 1990 and later joined the band Danger Danger as their lead singer. He also formed a band called Shugaazer, a band called Darkhorse and a band called The Defiants. He likes band names that start with “D” except for Shugaazer so not sure what he was thinking there.
Paul is a gifted singer and sings mostly Rock and his voice has matured nicely over the years. It has gone from a wild-untamed sound to a more controlled, smooth instrument. And he has even delved into Country music (more on that later).
I have followed his career from the beginning thanks to working at Sam Goody back in 1990. His CD came in to the store as a promo copy (and I played it a lot) and when it was time for that CD to retire from the playlist, yours truly got to take it home with him. It was from that point on, that Paul could do no wrong (even though he has had a few missteps).
It is out of that fandom, I bring you this list. Enjoy!!
THE WORST – ANDERSEN, LAINE, READMAN – THREE (2006):
This is an interesting side project from Andre Andersen. Andre is the keyboardist and composer in the band Royal Hunt. Andre brought in two sensational voices to split the songs. You have David Readman of Pink Cream 69 and Paul Laine. They each get 5 songs and for the most part the songs rock and as a set is pretty cool.
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What started off as a side project for Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, became a full fledged band and lasted 5 studio albums. They started off to only do a soundtrack to Nikki’s autobiography ‘The Heroin Diaries’ and then the rest is history. Sixx A.M. consists of Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael.
It has been hit or miss with me for this band. I either loved it or it was so-so at best. Still, always some great songs on every album and all worth having, some just get played more than others. I have started collecting them on vinyl and there is only one I can’t get and that is ‘This is Gonna Hurt’, so Nikki – get that one out on Vinyl, would you please.
The band is now recording four new songs for a Greatest Hits album. So, until then, let us re-visit their albums and rank them from the best one to the wort one. And let’s get started…
The second album of a double album along with Prayers for the Damned was the final album (so far) by the band and not the best way to end. The power and heaviness of Damned was missing from this album. I guess with the title being Prayers for the Blessed it isn’t as dark as Vol. 1. If you click on the title you can read my review back when it came out. I rated it pretty good and it is, but my least favorite of the bunch.
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It all started for me back in 1990 when I saw Danger Danger open up for Kiss. I was really impressed by their stage performance and the songs. I had to check them out. They were touring in support of their debut, self-titled album which was released in 1989 and I went out and bought it within that week after the show. I have followed their career ever since.
The band has had two lead singers (they had another prior to any album coming out, but doesn’t count for this list and since I am not including the “Rare Cuts” compilation). The first for me was Ted Poley. He is currently the lead singer again. From the mid-90’s to early ’00’s, the singer was Paul Laine. Each have 3 studio album and a cool combo set included in this list for a total of 7 albums ranked. No live albums or any compilations included.
The classic line-up for me is Bruno Ravel (bass/guitar), Steve West (drums), Andy Timmons (guitar), Kasey Smith (Keyboards) and Ted Poly (vocals). When they switched out with Paul Laine (vocals) I was perfectly happy as he was a great singer and I loved his debut album ‘Stick It In Your Ear’. The line-up has change over the years, but Bruno and Steve have been the constants.
The band is a story of two different bands. The beginning was all having a good time, full of fun and excitement with songs about Sex, Sex, Rock & Roll and more Sex…did I mention sex?? Then they became more serious tone, with a more mature sound and flat out better song writing. Both bands I liked equally as they each brought something to the table. I think they are worth checking out, but they might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I hope you enjoy…
WORST – REVOLVE (2009):
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If you read my site, you know Def Leppard is one of my all-time favorite bands, if not the #1 band on my list. And for that, this list was extremely hard for me to do, yet easy as well. I will already go ahead and say it, there is not a horrible album in this bunch only some I like more than others and yet a few that are absolute no-brainers as the top choices. And yes, I am biased.
Speaking of top choices, my Top 5 is my Top 5 because each album is completely different. The band completely changed up the sound and style on each of these albums and when the band does that, for me they hit it out of the park.
From the very beginning in 1980 with their debut and all the way up to today, the band has been mainstay in my musical journey. In 2019, they will be inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and all I can say is it is about damn time!!! They received the highest public vote so I am not the only one that things these guys from England are pretty darn great.
So, let’s get to it. Here is my favorite Def Leppard albums from the worst one to the very best. I hope you enjoy it.
WORST – SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE (2008)
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Ace Frehley! This ratty kid walks into the audition with a mismatched pair of shoes and Gene and Paul are not sure what to think of this mess. He plugs in and plays and the rest is Kisstory as they say. Ace is the one of the main reasons I love rock & roll. His playing was amazing and he played with such feel that you wanted to be Ace. When you and your friends wanted to pretend to be Kiss, I always wanted Ace and if I couldn’t get Ace, I was Paul (no one wanted to be Peter, not even Peter…old joke).
His time with Kiss was tumultuous at best. But when the band did their solo albums back in 1978, Ace showed he had the goods to do this on his own and eventually that is what he did. Eventually due to his drinking and other issues, Ace was let go and his solo career began. And that solo career is the focus. We will include the Kiss solo album because it is an Ace Frehley album, but only Ace’s stuff, no other Kiss. And only studio albums will be counted, no live or compilations.
Sit back and enjoy the ranking of the Ace Frehley albums from Worst to First…
THE WORST – FREHLEY’S COMET – SECOND SIGHTING (1988)
Now when it comes to Ace, I am a little biased. I do enjoy all his albums so for me “worst” is a little harsh. I would just say it is the least favorite and not really the “worst”. I have heard some pretty awful albums and this isn’t one of them. But, it isn’t that great either in my humble opinion. I know some would disagree (right LeBrain!!).
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Lifehouse started in 1996 as the band Blyss. This was while they were in high school and by 1998, the recorded a bunch of Demos. In 2000, the band went back and re-recorded 12 of the 15 original demos and those demos became their debut album, ‘No Name Face’. Apparently, they decided to change the band name for this release to Lifehouse because the songs were about lead singer, Jason Wade’s life and other people’s life. The name was believed to be a good fit to encompass all that.
The band would go on to release 7 studio albums between 2000 and 2015. They have had their ups and downs as a band, they have had hits, been popular and not so popular and have taken the typical roller coaster of success. I have followed the band from the debut album all the way to today and still one of my favorites even if I haven’t liked everything they have done. But there is more that I like than I don’t like and that is what matters.
I am going to go through all 7 albums and tell you what I like and don’t like about each as well as rank them from the Worst album to their #1 album in my book. If you are not familiar with them, I hope this will spark an interest and you will give them a try.
WORST – STANLEY CLIMBFALL (2002)
After the success of the band’s debut, their sophomore release was a rather big disappointment for me. It wasn’t all bad as there were some great songs such as “Spin”, “Wash” and “Take Me Away”. Heck, the album sold 2 million copies so people liked it. It was a heavier rock sound then the first album and normally that is a good thing for me.
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For most of 2018, I have been reviewing all the Ratt albums from the Ratt E.P. in 1983 all the way to 2010’s Infestation. It has been an enjoyable ride walking through the history of the band, all the ups and the downs, the good and the bad and loving every minute of it (wait that is Loverboy)…and loving watching the wax or cd spinning round and round (much better).
Ratt has been a love/hate relationship. While I love most of what they do, they don’t always deliver the goods and I tried to be as honest as I could be throughout the review processes. I believe I was brutal where I needed to be and kissed their ass when it deserved it as well. I hear they band is planning a new album in 2019 and when it comes I will review it in detail like the others and I will update this list and put it where it belongs among the classics or the crap.
You can go back and read each review in detail by just clicking on the album title. This ranking will be just a summary of the good and bad of each album. I hope you enjoy.
The hardest review of them all to write. I couldn’t connect to this album when it came out or even now. The production quality was horrible; Stephen’s vocals needed some cleanup and weren’t always up to par; the double guitar of Ratt of old was gone and so the songs were missing that punch; and overall it was just bad.
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Train started way back around 1993/1994 in San Francisco, California. Their first album didn’t arrive until 1998 and I remember hearing their first hit on the radio for “Meet Virginia”. However, it wasn’t until the song and the album “Drops of Jupiter” came out until I became a fan. I met my wife around that same time and Train became “our band”. We have seen them many, many times together and even met the band several years later. Now my wife had met them before as my Brother-in-low worked with the band back around the Drops of Jupiter era.
Train has seen many line-up changes and their sound has changed over time. They have gone from a pure alternative rock band and are now kind of like a Vegas act (and I don’t mean that in a good way). The lead singer, Pat Monahan, is the only original member left and Train doesn’t feel like Train anymore. Now, that doesn’t take away from the fact the band has had some fantastic albums. And with that, let us explore the band’s catalog. We are looking at 12 albums which even includes Pat’s only solo album, a live album and even their Christmas album. If you are ready, sit back and let us get started. If you are not ready, take your time and go at your own pace.
THE WORST – ‘Christmas in Tahoe’ (2015):
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Formed in 1983, just a mere 35 years ago, Bon Jovi defined the 80’s music scene. They have since had 13 studio albums, 3 live albums, numerous compilations and even a box set. With so much music, some of course is bad, some is good, some is great and some is legendary. They have had line-up changes as most bands have had and yet the still keep rolling on. They have even made it in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Since there is so much about the band, they deserve to have their albums ranked from Worst to First. I am going to do all 13 of their studio albums, plus 1 compilation which I thought was a studio album, but apparently not…who knew. So, 14 albums in total will be coming at you. I hope you have time to get through all of them.
And as always, let’s start with my least favorite album and work our way to my favorite…so sit back and enjoy…
14. THE WORST – ‘THE CIRCLE’ (2009):
‘The Circle’ was supposed to be the band’s return to rock after a very Nashville based previous album, ‘Lost Highway”. The big problem for me with this album was the lack of credibility the songs had with me. They tried to return to a “working man” sound such as “Work for the Working Man”, but I didn’t believe it. It felt forced and fake. Nothing on this album resonated with me in the least bit. Even today, I can’t think of the names of the songs on this album. They were not memorable and just seemed stale and uninspiring.
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Motley Crue called it quits back in 2016 with The End Farewell Tour. I have The End Deluxe Edition Tombstone set which I love and I have all their CDs (only missing a couple that will be remedied shortly. I was listening to them the other day and thought it was time to rank their Albums from Worst to First. As usual, I will keep it to strictly the Studio albums and will exclude greatest hits and live albums. However, I am going to include the Supersonic And Demonic Relics album which was a collection of rare songs and unreleased tracks. It isn’t a greatest hits collection and I think it stands out nicely on its own.
With all that being said, let’s get started…
10 – THE WORST – ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’ (1985):
The album was an utter disappointment after the first two. There was so much filler and not enough memorable songs. Yes, you have “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” but the album felt lost. The band lost it’s edge of the last two albums and overall it was just lacking. There were a couple other good songs as I really liked “Tonight (We Need a Love)” and “Louder than Hell”. Outside of that it wasn’t the same band. Luckily, the regained that edge for the next release.
The album did well and sold over 4 million copies and went to #6 on Billboard. The success of the ballad “Home Sweet Home” was good enough to keep the momentum going and drive further success, but it is one of the albums I revisit the least.
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