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Tommy Lee - Tommyland: The Ride Review
by Morley Seaver

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I've always been a big Tommy fan, right from the start. He has demonstrated a true appreciation for his fans, always making time for them in public and bailing on Motley when he felt they were going through the motions. His solo work has showed a true desire to spread himself beyond the party-rawk of the Crue. He has dabbled in rap and dance-oriented material with his first solo record and his DJ stints. His second solo record showed that he could sing and not pigeonhole himself.

With "TommyLand: The Ride", Mr. Lee has grown again and has produced an amazing CD that is both musically pleasing and true to him as an artist. The record is mostly a laid-back affair that has a few rockin' moments. Never one to fear sharing the spotlight, he has recruited an army of friends to help with this project. Names like Dave Navarro, Benji & Joel Madden, Deryck Whibley, Chad Kroeger, Butch Walker, and Nick Carter to name a few. They add to the record but it still feels like Lee is never upstaged at any point.

Then there's the songs. Essentially there are no low points on this record. I've read reviews where people are slamming the inoffensive, more mainstream sound of the record. Well, he's already done "Wild Side" and "Girls, Girls, Girls", you morons. The more edgier material can be used for the next Motley release. What do you want, The Mentors? 

The record starts off with a real absolute monster, "Good Times" where Tommy sounds just awesome. Excellent verses and better chorus. "Hello, Again" is an Oasis-ish sounding cut that rivals the first cut. It's beyond good and has an amazing bridge running into the simple but hooky chorus that will stick in your head. The going gets a bit rockier for the next cut "Tryin' to be Me", where Tommy talks about the downside of celebrity. We're still on a roll because this the third excellent cut in a row. 

The next cut, "Sister Mary" is a bit of a slight left turn. It's a straight ahead rock song that sounds like it would be something Motley could do. Next we're treated to the outgoing phone message from someone who purports to be Tommy's butler…something about picking up nylons and garters and champagne corks. 

"Tired" is up next and it's a cheeky number talking about dudes tired of their exes. While the last few cuts have been good, it's back to the great stuff, folks. "I Need You" featuring Andrew McMahon from Something Corporate, is a real highlight on the record. "Make Believe" with, I think (there is no track listing credits) Chad Kroeger, is in the same vein, if not better.

The British female singer Dirty Harry duets with Tommy on "Makin' Me Crazy" and continues the streak of greatness. The Nickelback-ish "Watch You Lose" and "Say Goodbye" are both very good. Closing out the record is an acoustic version of "Hello, Again", which finishes things off perfectly. 

Don't listen to the other idiots out there that are sluffing off this record. No, it is not Dr. Feelgood. Nor Shout at the Devil. It is full of songs that could be played on most rock radio. It has some ballads. That's a bad thing? Not to me! This is an excellent record that has no weak spots. Tommy delivers great vocals (as well as all drums) and the songs are top-notch. He is ably supported by some talented friends and, sound-wise everything is crystal clear.

That's my boy. Way to go, Tommy.


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