John Taylor

Feelings Are Good & Other Lies

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The strangest thing about Feelings Are Good & Other Lies, John Taylor's second solo album, isn't that it's a heavy arena-rock album, since he's shown those inclinations before. What's strange is that it sounds like it was recorded and released in 1987, demonstrating not only no grunge influences, but also no acknowledgment of the sleazy boogie of Guns N' Roses. It simply rocks like a conventional arena band, occasionally trying to whip up a punk raver on the order of the Sex Pistols, but never managing to reach that level, even with Steve Jones on lead guitar. Instead, it's competent, professional and thoroughly anonymous hard rock that neither offends nor enthralls.

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