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Poison

Power To The People

Review by Brian Angotti

Nearly ten years later. The original line up of Poison returns with "Power To The People". Power To The People features five new tracks and classic Poison tunes recorded live on their 2000 reunion tour. The new tracks, a handful of melodic power pop, are sure to be crowd and radio favorites. Power to The People debuted at number 166 on the billboard charts. That is pretty impressive for an album on an independent label like the band's own Cyanide.

The boys of Poison may have their solo projects, but when they get together something magical happens! Watch for Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitars), Rikki Rockett (drums), and Bobby Dall (bass) to take over the country once again on their summer long tour. This time around Poison welcomes Slaughter, Dokken, and co-headliners Cinderella. Check out WWW.POISONWEB.COM for more details.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: The Early Years Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Power To the People
A heavier and grittier Poison emerges with the album opener which is also the first single and video. Fans who liked "Crack A Smile" will really dig this track.
Can't Bring Me Down
A fast up-tempo rocker, this is definitely a song that will get stuck in your head.
The Last Song
A slower, yet catchy tune, this one could have easily fit onto the Native Tongue album.
Strange
My favorite and most impressive song on the album, "Strange" is a different element for Poison but they do it well. The acoustic guitars are perfect and the vocals are very bluesy.
I Hate Every Bone In Your Body But Mine
Mr. DeVille takes over lead on this raunchy trademark Poison track. The lyrics will make you laugh and could be compared to "Unskinny Bop". It features C.C's. signature vocals.
Look What the Cat Dragged In
This number kicks off with an amazing intro to get you pumped for the big show. The song is always a crowd pleaser and proves still to be!
I Want Action
Poison is known for raunchy lyrics and this is definitely one of the numbers that earned them that reputation. This is an all out party track. Can we say, "sex, drugs, and POISON?".
Something To Believe In
Slowing the show down, but still maintaining the energy, this is a great song to get the lighters out and sing along with.
Love On The Rocks
Not a common Poison live song, but still very well done. These boys can still rock!
C, C, Solo
As always unbelievable but a little shorter than the old days, this is a great track.
Fallen Angel
My own personal favorite, this one comes across just as strong live as it does on the album.
Let It Play
"Let It Play" proves these guys are talented, well organized and can still harmonize.
Rikki Solo
This is a very well done solo by one of rocks' most underrated drummers.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
With Poison's biggest hit and sure crowd favorite you better watch out for the lighters.
Unskinny Bop
Another Poison favorite, this one definitely rocks live. It leads one to ask, "why where they gone for so long?"
Nothin But A Good Time
A definite rock anthem, this is the show closer.
Talk Dirty To Me: Encore track
Another killer cut that shows that if you get a chance check Poison out this summer you will be pleased.
 
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