BROWNSVILLE STATION

"Still Smokin'" (CD Baby; 2012)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The surprising thing about Brownsville Station is that, although they had a monster hit with "Smokin' in the Boys Room" back in 1973, it's the Motley Crue version that everyone knows best these days. The band's original tune was eclipsed by a cover version that the Crue still gets mileage out of even today.

Perhaps even more surprising, however, is that the band recorded and released a new album in 2012, and that it's as entertaining as their previous work.

"Still Smokin'" is a solid collection of classic rock songs that are guitar heavy and AOR friendly. The songs on this CD are toe-tapping, fist-pumping rockers and anthems, in the style of the band's previous albums and such contemporaries as Nazareth and Lynyrd Skynyrd. My favorite is the humorously titled "Rock N Roll is Better Than Music," with second place going to "My Friend Jack," a love song to Jack Daniels. The band also gets yet another use of their classic "Smokin' in the Boys Room" with a new version (cleverly entitled "Smokin' in the Boys Room 2012") which rocks nearly as well as the original while adding on a couple of additional layers.

Previous fans of Brownsville Station and fans of classic rock in general will find "Still Smokin'" lives up to its title.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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