Steel Panther "Balls Out" Album Review — 4 out of 5 stars
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 12:11:36
No one can go Balls Out like Steel Panther.
On their second full-length album for Universal Republic Records, Steel Panther kick more ass than ever before. It's a hilarious romp of a record locked and loaded with enough hooks to resurrect the Sunset Strip once and for all.
The L.A. group made a name for itself covering favorites from the likes of Van Halen and Mötley Crüe but with Balls Out, they've crafted an album worthy of those rock titans. From Stix Zadinia's slow slinking drum beat and Satchel's snaky riff "to Lexxi Foxx's sexy bass thump, "17 Girls in a Row" is the tightest rock anthem to come out of L.A. in decades.
Michael Starr's lyrics will eventually seal Steel Panther's legendary status though. On "Gold Digging Whore", he declares, "Don't go calling her sweetheart or giving her a big old rock. You're going to turn around and catch her at the Whisky Bar sucking George Clooney's cock. Then you'll be in for a shock". Mind you, this is punctuated by a cash register "cha-ching" sound, massive lead, and gang vocals.
Somehow, Starr even manages to plug Call of Duty seamlessly in "If You Really Really Love Me" and name check Tiger Woods as a lothario impresario on "Just Like Tiger Woods". Everything fittingly climaxes on the piano-driven "Weenie Ride"—title says it all. Ultimately, Balls Out is everything you'd want from a rock record.
It's dirty, dangerous, and downright uproarious.
Have you heard Balls Out yet?