Saliva – Back Into Your System (2002, Island Records)
1. “Superstar II” … 3:21
2. “Weight of the World” … 4:28
3. “Always” … 3:51
4. “Back into Your System” … 4:31
5. “All Because of You” … 4:42
6. “Raise Up” … 3:45
7. “Separated Self” … 4:01
8. “Rest In Pieces” … 3:46
9. “Storm” … 4:21
10. “Holdin On” … 4:21
11. “Pride” … 2:53
12. “Famous Monsters” … 4:43
Josey Scott – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
Wayne Swinny – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris D’Abaldo – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dave Novotny – Bass, Backing Vocals
Paul Crosby – Drums
Produced by: Bob Marlette
Back Into Your System is the band’s follow-up to their multi-platinum major label debut Every Six Seconds. It’s a definite step in the right direction as the band sheds a bit of their nu metal/rap-metal skin (not totally though) and decides to employ a more straight forward hard rock sound.
There were a few songs I liked from their debut, but overall, it was a mixed bag because it was as if the band couldn’t decide if they were rap-metal act or southern rock act. I briefly dabbled in rap-metal, but decided it wasn’t for me, so I initially had zero interest in hearing what Saliva had to offer in 2002.
I can remember it like it was yesterday though… my alarm went off one morning and the radio was playing I song I easily deduced was called “Rest In Pieces” and it stuck in my head all day, so as soon as I got home, I hit the internet and was surprised to discover it was Saliva. “Rest In Pieces” has become my favorite Saliva song and I was amazed they can up with such as catchy tune, but then I found out that Nikki Sixx & Sixx:AM lead singer James Michael wrote it. No wonder it was so good! Nikki Sixx still writes great radio ready hard rock songs. Unfortunately, the single didn’t chart very high but on the success of the lead single “Always”, the album went Gold.
All told, this is a solid effort (though there is room for improvement) that sees the band moving past their nu-metal beginnings and turning into a good hard rock band.
Highlights: “Weight of the World”, “Always”, “Raise Up”, “Rest In Pieces”, “Storm”, “Famous Monsters”
Lowlights: “Superstar II”. I generally think it’s a bad idea to do such a direct sequel to one of your previous songs in terms of title and sound (theme is okay), but not only did the band manage to copy the original “Superstar”, they also ripped off another song of theirs — “Click Click Boom”! A two’fer!