Billy Idol has experienced a lot as a London glampunk and subsequent superstar from underground to idolmania. Consequently, the 60-year-old recently presented his memoirs. One can assume that the man with the famous crimped upper lip has some nice stories in store. At the same time, Idol is releasing a new album, the first in almost ten years. He was supported by Steve Stevens and producer Trevor Horn, two eighties stars of their respective guilds. The signal is clear: Idol wants to continue the glorious past instead of focusing on reinvention. The idea seems conclusive, but Idol only achieves half of his goal. The opener "Bitter Pill" is no more than simply knitted pop food. We prefer to listen to pure 80's retroware like the single "Can't Break Me Down", which certainly goes a bit overboard with its happy chorus in terms of catchiness. More touching are the slow treaders like the title song, in which Idol convincingly plays the purified crooner and lets his rock baritone be accompanied by the acoustic.
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