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Classic Album Review: Beautiful Creatures | Beautiful Creatures

They might be the thinking man’s sleaze-metal outfit — if that isn’t too oxymoronic.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Do you ever wonder what became of hair-metal outfit Bang Tango? Yeah, me neither.

Thankfully, that hasn’t stopped BT frontman Joe LeSte from forming Beautiful Creatures to take another kick at the rock ’n’ roll can. And I didn’t mention LeSte’s ’80s-rock pedigree just to make you snigger; it actually impacts on every track of this 12-song debut effort. Using the glam-guitar licks and gutersnipe attitude of Sunset Strip oufits like Buckcherry as a starting point, LeSte injects heavy doses of classic-rock songcraft and melody into tracks like 1 A.M. and Wasted, and even tosses in touches of nu-metal and electronica here and there. The result is a smarter, more sensitive brand of metal than you usually get from the ranks of shaggy-mained Johnny Thunders wannabes. Which kinda makes Beautiful Creatures the thinking man’s sleaze-metal outfit — if that isn’t too much of an oxymoron.