Classic Album Review – Suicidal Tendencies “Lights…Camera…Revolution” 1990
Fond memories of “Trip at the Brain” and “Institutionalized” notwithstanding, 1990’s Lights… held all the right ingredients for the most successful period in ST’s history. Not only did this one blow up big on the strength of opener “You Can’t Bring Me Down”, Mike Muir and Robert Trujillo were also producing great sounds as the Infectious Grooves. There’s a taste of that side project’s urban roots on funky second single “Send Me Your Money”, but what the band mostly do with their newfound cash and production muscle is indulge their inner Ozzy. Everything is big, operatic and sprawling, a tactic well-suited to updating their melancholy period (“Alone”) and punk roots (“Disco’s Out, Murder’s In”) alike.
It’s slick, it’s cohesive and it holds up well over the years. Unfortunately, the sheer accessibility of Lights…Camera…Revolution would lead the band to question their own street cred and self-sabotage in a messy spiral, culminating in a dull thud of garage-punk that never held the hunger of the early years or the intelligence of this time. One of the first trumpet blasts of a charge that would see the ascendancy of Rage Against The Machine, this document of revolution endures. 8 out of 10
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