Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dangerous Toys - Dangerous Toys

With an insane clown straight from the loco jack-in-the-box as their mascot, Dangerous Toys leaped onto the hard rock scene with their self titled debut album back in 1989. At the height of the glam scene, this Texas based band did all they could to make their mark on the rock and roll world. So, does Dangerous Toys still hold up 20 years later? Should we collectively come together and demand a remastered edition of this album? Let’s spin the disc and find out.

Dangerous Toys opens with the hard hitting Teas’n Pleas’n, a rocking way to kick off an album. From the opening bars of the song, you just know that something different and fantastic is about to take place. Jason McMaster’s voice is positively unique and hard to describe. It’s a cool sound and his vocals are amazing.

Scared follows next, the tribute to Alice Cooper (according to the band) and continues on the same track of hard rocking and different metal music. Scared is a track that tries to paint the picture of being in a horror movie through music. If you slap on a pair of good headphones, close your eyes, and crank this song up in a darkened room, it could give the desired effect. An excellent track that was very different for its time, Scared is one of the strongest songs on this record.

Take Me Drunk is another notable track that is just a fun song about nothing meaningful. The bass and drum beats play off the vocals and guitar in perfect harmony creating a tap your foot and sing along song that is instantly enjoyed by the listener. This is a fun party song that should be played at every beer bash in America.

Fun is part of what makes Dangerous Toys such a good record. With songs like Sport’n A Woody, Teas’n Pleas’n, and Bones In The Gutter, Dangerous Toys are out to have a good time and capture that fun and silliness on record. That’s just what they managed to do for their debut release.

While the first half of the disc is mind blowing creativity at its finest, the second half weakens the structure a bit and prevents Dangerous Toys from being the masterpiece that it could have been. Outlaw, Here Comes Trouble, Ten Boots, and That Dog all suffer from mediocrity and are a huge contrast to the first seven songs. The latter tracks weigh the album down and feel as if they were thrown together just to be able to complete the entire record. That’s a shame, because the album started with much promise.

After 20 years, Dangerous Toys is a still a decent album worthy of seeking out and adding to your hard rock collection. As for a remastered version, I don’t think that will be necessary. There’s not enough punch and flair to justify that, but you should certainly own the original.

Ryo’s Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Track Listing
Teas’n Pleas’n
Bones In The Gutter
Take Me Drunk
Feels Like A Hammer
Sport’n A Woody
Queen Of The Nile
Here Comes Trouble
Ten Boots (Stompin’)
That Dog

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