Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know was more of a band effort than the Cross's first record, and found the group developing a solid hard rock sound. Roger Taylor's voice is far more suited to singing rock songs than dance numbers, and he mostly let the other members in the group pen the record, which consists of solid, if not spectacular, guitar-driven rock numbers. Although the band tend to get bombastic at times, such as on the anthemic single "Power to Love," that's not too surprising considering Taylor's Queen roots. The best songs here, however, are the simplest. "Liar" is built around a nice groove, while the Clayton Moss sung "Better Things" is a fine acoustic number. "Final Destination," the closing ballad, features a soulful croon from Taylor and could fit on any late-'70s Queen album.
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AllMusic Review by Geoff Orens