What's The Best Billy Idol Album Of All Time?

Don't Stop (EP - 1981)
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Billy Idol (1982)
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Rebel Yell (1983)
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Vital Idol (Remix Compilation) (1985/1987)
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Whiplash Smile (1986)
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Charmed Life (1990)
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Cyberpunk (1993)
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Devil's Playground (2005)
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Re: Billy Idol - Discography
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:07:15 pm »
Billy Idol (Whiplash Smile) 1986

There are times when I love this record and there are times when I can't stand it and in both cases it would get 4 Stars out of 5, which makes this a decent follow up to his mega charting Rebel Yell. So, if this is a good album then how can I hate it at times? First off, it sounds lnothing like Rebel Yell, which was a very raw record. That one had some some down and dirty meat to its texture. On Whiplash Smile, the album is more polished in sound and feel. The other thing that makes this stand out a bit more is the overuse of Steve Steven's Ray Gun FX. It's all over this one, whereas it was used sparingly on Rebel Yell.

I'm not knocking it. I actually like the album a lot....but it's not an album I can listen to over and over like I can with Rebel Yell. There are some killer tracks on this one, the best being Don't Need A Gun. Sonically I think it's the best song that both Steve and Billy have ever recorded. Just listen to Steve's wailing guitar solo that is more wall of sound than your typical shread fest. And speaking of Ray Guns, it gets a workout in Beyond Belief. Everyone knows To Be A Lover as the albums biggest hit. I use to really love this song, but I have trouble listening to the cut on this one because I prefer the epic Remix off of Vital Idol instead. Sweet Sixteen is another great song that showed a more "softer" side of Billy, acoustic style.

Fave Songs: Sweet Sixteen, Man For All Seasons, Don't Need A Gun, Beyond Belief and Fatal Charm.

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