Review: Mötley Crüe – Misunderstood (Rock)

This review covers the rock track Mötley Crüe – Misunderstood.

This track was released in 1994 on a self-titled album.

The track starts with some guitar work. A string element makes an appearance. After that, the vocals come in for a verse.

Some additional guitars come in as the vocals take the track into the main chorus. There are some backup vocals that join the track. From there, some guitars come in with some string elements. The strings hit some particularly green notes.

After that, the vocals take the track into the next verse. From there, the vocals take the track into the next main chorus.

In the next section, the track goes into an instrumental section with some lead guitars. From there, the vocals take the track into the next verse. After that, the vocals take the track into the main chorus with some more emphasized guitars backing them. This is capped off with an instrumental section with strings making a brief appearance.

After that, the vocals take the track into the next verse. This is capped off with a guitar solo where the guitars hit some pretty weird notes. Some random short note strings make an appearance.

The vocals then take the track into the next round in the main chorus where some notes are more shouted out. The track then breaks down with some strings making a return.

After that, some guitars make a return. The vocals then come back in a more quiet fashion. Some backup vocals and strings make a return. Some strings then start sliding randomly up and down. The guitars and strings then gradually lead the track out with a fade out.

This track does feature a host of problems. One of them is the strings that hit some rather green notes early on is one of them. The weird sliding notes for the strings at the end of the track also makes the track sound weird. This is definitely one of the few tracks where I would say the string elements were a detriment to this track, but in this case, it degraded the quality of the track by quite a bit.

The guitar solo, meanwhile, also just sounds off. It tries to hit some interesting notes, but in the end, it just winds up sounding weird.

In addition to this, the track has a quieter part, louder part, then a quiet finish. I’m not sure the varying levels of loudness really mesh well together. It almost gives the track that sound of random ideas that landing on the cutting room floor were just stitched together like spare scraps to be passed off as solid gold.

Even the vocals end up slipping into speech fry and make some of the lyrics unintelligible.

While every element in the track had problems, some of the elements try to make the track listenable. Unfortunately, nothing ever comes close to sounding decent. The closest was the vocals tied with the guitars, but they just end up never getting to anything exciting.

Overall, this track is a bit of a flop in my view. Some elements do try and take this track into a good direction, but never really get there. The guitars end up sounding strange, the strings sound bad, and even the vocals slip into unintelligible speech fry part way through the track. So, a track that ends up flopping in my view.


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