Album Review: Danzig – “Skeletons”
‘Tis obviously the season for cover albums over here at PRHQ. In the wake of Ricky Warwick’s effort being reviewed here a week or two ago, we now have another effort from the Evil Elvis himself, Glenn Danzig.
Rather like Warwick’s effort, this is more of a curio than an essential album, but it does give a bit of an insight into some of the ol’ devil’s influences. Quality wise, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The stomping rendition of Devil’s Angels by Davie Allen & The Arrows (from the ’60s biker flick of the same name) gets this one off to a good start, and amped-up renditions of Elvis’ Let Yourself Go and Nuggets classic Action Woman (originally by The Litter) are similar high quality, while the lurching menace of Danzig’s takes on NIB by Sabbath and Lord Of The Thighs by Aerosmith also works well.
On the other hand, Danzig’s renditions of Satan by Paul Wibier (another ’60s biker movie theme) and ZZ Top’s Rough Boy just sound dull, while his take on The Troggs’ With A Girl Like You sounds like it was recorded at closing time down the local boozer, and is just a bit of a mess. The big surprise though, which signs this one off on a high note, is a surprisingly straight-laced version of The Everly Brothers’ Cryin’ In The Rain which works unexpectedly well, and shows that Danzig can do the slow songs when the occasion calls for it.
A bit of a mixed bag but with the good outweighing the bad, this may just be the best Danzig album since Danzig 4 way back when. With a definite nod to his Misfits/Samhain past, at the very least he sounds like he's enjoying himself here and, while not an essential album, Skeletons is at least a generally enjoyable collection of songs which is worth a listen for the curious.