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Album Review

Saliva's third effort for Island Def Jam has completely excised the rap-rock overtones of their original model, adopting instead an amplified hard rock sound informed by the band's Southern roots. There's still some pandering to major-label stylistic cataracts — "No Regrets, Vol. 2" and "Open Eyes" are forgettable plods comparable to post-grunge also-rans like Chevelle. But Saliva make up for it with a clutch of massively compressed hard-head rockers that revel in rock star debauchery even while railing against the plasticity of the industry. "You music business whores are all about just getting paid," frontman Josey Scott spits in opener "Rock & Roll Revolution," and the song's sledgehammer rhythms are refreshingly at odds with Saliva's rap-rock-coddled past. But Scott can't completely dismiss success — he happily revels in the twin guitars and two-girls-for-every-guy spoils of "One Night Only" and the title track. Other highlights include the patriotic rant "Two Steps Back" and "Razor's Edge," a faithful Lynyrd Skynyrd update featuring 3 Doors Down vocalist Brad Arnold.

Customer Reviews

Ok but ive seen them do better.

I don't know but it just feels like its missing something. So thats why it got this rating.


The only one I like is Carry On. They have done better though.

Rocking Harder Than the Rest

I am going to have to give this a five stars because the music is good on this album, but it is a little bit different than the rest of the saliva records i possess. This album seems to be a bit more 'gritty' than every six seconds and has all explicit songs. In general i prefer this album over the others because of that more down to earth feel about it and the fact that it has some very nice guitar solos thrown in most of the songs. As for my favorites, i am going to have to go with: Survival of the Sickest Two Steps Back F*** All Y'all Carry On


Formed: 1996 in Memphis, TN

Genre: Rock

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

Although formed in September 1996, Saliva didn't hit the mainstream until 2001, when the band's mix of angsty hard rock and hip-hop helped earn a double-platinum certification for its sophomore album, Every Six Seconds. Two of the album's songs had already appeared on Saliva's self-released debut, which was issued in 1997 on the band's own label. Singer Josey Scott, guitarists Chris Dabaldo and Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby were all veterans of the Memphis music scene,...
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