- Tales From the Strip (2005)
The Guns release a new studio album, their second since Tracii left.
I have high expectations for an L.A. Guns release. With 4 excellent releases at the beginning of their history (s/t, Cocked and Loaded, Hollywood Vampires, Vicious Circle), they did a serious ball-drop with the incredibly horrid 5th album, American Hardcore. With that release, they switched lead singers more often than Dave Mustaine
changes the Megadeth
line-up. Some of the other releases after Hardcore had their moments, but just didn't sound like L.A. Guns without Phil Lewis
doing the screaming.
But then he returned for their 2001 release, Man in the Moon. While that wasn't the "killer comeback" album, it was a return to form, and better than anything released since Vicious Circle.
All skepticism on whether the Guns could release a doorblaster album left with the mother of all albums, 2002's Waking the Dead. 3 years later I still find myself listening to that one quite often.