• Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

Dee Snider Returns With his Latest Solo Album, We Are the Ones!

As the frontman of Twisted Sister, Dee Snider has long been one of the music industry’s most popular figures, not to mention one of the most controversial. Often overlooked however, are the man’s solo material and side projects. We Are the Ones is the latest solo album from Dee Snider.

Snider is a man you never know what to expect from. Coming into his newest release, I was not sure what would be coming my way, or if I would walk away a fan or hating the record. That said, his ability to wow and impress an audience has long been more prevalent than any disappointments; less than stellar efforts are rare from this man.

We Are the Ones is Mr. Snider’s latest effort, and while the album is not perfect, it is certainly better than a number of fans and critics out there are claiming based on the initial track releases. In fact, my hat goes off to Snider for crafting an album that is not simply a clone of the work he has done with Twisted Sister. That alone makes the album interesting and worth listening to.

 

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Let’s get the bad news out of the way first; there are some modern pop-style tracks that are a little on the nauseating side; namely “Believe” and “Superhero.” I could have done without these. Fortunately, they are the only real duds on an otherwise impressive release.

The opening cut of the album starts of with what sounds like Snider rapping. No joke. But do not be put off by that somewhat misleading intro. The rest of the album is a surprisingly diverse and pleasing listen, from power-pop tracks to more straightforward rockers, some of which have a more modern, harder edge than past works of Snider. I truly thought the stripped down version of “We’re Not Gonna Take It” was going to be terrible, but it is far better than this fan would have expected (though it will never replace the original, obviously). Even an oddball remake of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole” fares better than one would think. One real surprise is that even the more modern sounding tracks actually fare quite well, for the most part.

Do not come into We Are the Ones expecting a Twisted Sister album; you are not going to find one here. But what we have is a surprisingly strong modern offering from one of rock’s most iconic and controversial figures. That said, this album gets a firm recommendation.

 

 

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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