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Visual Lies (Remastered)

Lizzy Borden

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Reissued in 2002 with four bonus tracks (two of them uninspired alternate versions of the single "Me Against the World"), Visual Lies was Lizzy Borden's third album, and the one where the L.A.-based glam metal band made the final leap into poodle-haired mediocrity. Their first studio album, Love You to Pieces, had its moments, and 1986's Menace to Society was an impressive blend of hard rock intensity and pop gloss. Unfortunately, on Visual Lies, the pop gloss starts to overwhelm the sound. Veteran pop-metal producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, etc.) takes over arranging and mixing chores in the manner of Mutt Lange's work with Def Leppard, whose Pyromania is the obvious sonic blueprint for the layers of backing vocals and the hard-candy crunch of the politely distorted guitars and walloping (sequenced-sounding) drums. The combination of Norman's slick production and frontman Lizzy Borden's appealingly whiny vocals would be a better one if the songwriting were sharper, but these songs are frustratingly light on memorable hooks, which only shows up the weakness and derivative quality of the lyrics and melodies. Instead of being Lizzy Borden's commercial breakthrough, Visual Lies, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the wake of Mötley Crüe's meteoric rise to superstardom in 1983 on the strength of their now classic album Shout at the Devil, a countless amount of other similarly styled theatrical metal bands cropped up in the Los Angeles heavy metal community, including Lizzy Borden. Basically an '80s update of Alice Cooper (with some Iron Maiden-esque riffs mixed into the melting pot), the group built a substantial regional following on the West Coast with an over-the-top stageshow, but failed to break through...
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