Dee Snider – We Are the Ones
2016, Red River Entertainment/Snider Than Thou Productions
1. We Are the Ones
2. Over Again
3. Close to You
4. Rule the World
5. We’re Not Gonna Take It
6. Crazy for Nothing
8. Head Like a Hole
10. So What
With seemingly very little fanfare from the press, Twisted Sister played what supposedly their “last” show ever on November 12, 2016. It took place in Monterrey, Mexico of all places. Why didn’t the band choose to end their career where it began — in the New York/New Jersey are? Anyway, with even less press, TS front-man Dee Snider released the third solo of his career in late October of 2016.
I gotta give it to Dee. He likes to mix things up. Whether it’s A Twisted Christmas, Van Helsing’s Curse, or Dee Does Broadway… and, well, We Are the Ones is a mixed bag itself.
Knowing nothing about this album going in, I expected something less campy, but heavier, than Twisted Sister. Overall, I expected it to appeal for fans of ’80s hard rock/metal. Well, We are the Ones is a decidedly more modern effort. “Modern” if you consider ’90s/early ’00s alternative rock/metal to be just that. “Close to You” might as well have been a song from Smashing Pumpkins or Filter or Silverchair. It’s not a bad song, but it’s pretty dated sounding. And, hey, Dee even covers Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Hole”! To be fair, he does an acoustic cover of “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.
The is surprisingly filled with modern rock/pop anthems. Or just pop. With its huge sing along moments and hip-hop pop beats and inspirational message, “Superhero” could easily be a Katy Perry song. I’m not really sure what Mr. Snider is trying to accomplish at this point in his career doing pop songs, but I guess he deserves to do whatever he wants at this point.
“We are the Ones”, “Rule the World” and “Believe” are more “whoa-oh-oh” sing along anthems that you might hear from Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, or Panic! At the Disco.
This is a pretty disappointing album for me. I was hoping something that was a bit more straight forward and would feature some ferocious Snider vocals, but instead we’re left with Dee trying to play catch-up for what’s been happening in rock over the last 20-plus years.
I love Dee Snider. I don’t love this album.
Highlights: “Close to You”, “Crazy for Nothing”, “So What”