D Generation

D Generation

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Although touted as punk revivalists, the New York City quintet D Generation comes closer to glam or '80s metal than anything else on its 1994 debut. That's not necessarily a bad thing, however, as there's more than enough energy and attitude here to satisfy all but the most stringent purists. Tracks like the driving opener "No Way Out," the grungy "Waiting for the Next Big Parade," and the frenetic "Frankie" all pack plenty of wallop, aided by lead singer Jesse Malin's sneering vocals. The songs sometimes plow on long after the band has run out of ideas, as though the members of D Generation believe they can maintain momentum with nothing more than bravado (and they almost pull it off). Far from original, D Generation proves to be an entertaining listen nonetheless, and will most certainly be enjoyed by anyone who was baffled by the inability of Hanoi Rocks to break through to a wider audience.

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