DEE SNIDER – We Are The Ones (2016)
October 28 is the day for DEE SNIDER to release his third solo record titled “We Are The Ones” via Red River Entertainment / Ear Music.
This fall, Dee & co. laid Twisted Sister to rest and to our surprise, he’s on the verge of releasing a new solo record titled “We Are The Ones”.
Unlike his previous solo efforts, the rocker Never Let The Bastards Wear You Down or the easy listening lounge album Dee Does Broadway, the latest record is middle of the road. What I mean by that is that “We Are The Ones” rocks ‘less’ than Bastards but rocks ‘more’ than than Broadway.
“We Are The Ones” is a some kind of a transformation from ‘rock and roller’ to ‘radio friendly’ or contemporary rocker.
One must approach this new Snider record without any preconceived notions because after all; it’s not a Twisted Sister, Widowmaker or a Dee solo effort like any other before it.
The production is punchy and there’s a lot of emphasis on the choruses and hooks.
Dee Snider himself sounds spectacular on this recording. There’s no question this is the handy work of Grammy Award winning Damon Ranger who serves as album producer & songwriter for the majority of the material on the album.
Ranger was the mastermind who pitched the idea to Snider to record a more ‘current’ sounding effort.
There’s two covers on We Are The Ones. The first is Twisted Sister’s ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ which is stripped down rendition of Dee singing along with a piano. It’s up to you if like it or not.
The second is Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Head Like A Hole’ which is a great song penned by the mighty Trent Reznor but also very much overexposed. Aside from the intro to the song, it’s a ‘color by numbers’ or ‘karaoke’ rendition that you’d hear by a contestant on The Voice or The X Factor.
Anyway, there are some of great moments — and I wish there would have been more — on the album. Title track ‘We Are The Ones’ rocks with good energy, the melodic rocker ‘Over And Over Again’ which boasts a huge chorus, upbeat tempo and excellent hook, and ‘Believe’ which would seem to be a great tune to be played in a live setting.
The modern, acoustically based ‘So What’ is also quite interesting, with its angry lyric attitude.
“We Are The Ones” showcases many new musical sides of Dee Snider. You can hate him when he tries to sound modern or alternative, but you have to give the man some credit for trying something new a this point of his career.
At 61 years old, it would be easy (and logical) for Dee Snider to stay in the comfort zone rehashing Twisted Sister hits. Instead, he opens the musical palette to new frontiers.
Sometimes succeed, sometimes not.
01 – We Are the Ones
02 – Over Again
03 – Close to You
04 – Rule the World
05 – We’re Not Gonna Take It (2016 version)
06 – Crazy for Nothing
07 – Believe
08 – Head Like a Hole
09 – Superhero
10 – So What