Whether with his influential punk and glam outfit Hanoi Rocks, or the various bands he's led over the years, like Demolition 23 and Jerusalem Slim, or the solo albums he's released with help from Ian Hunter, Little Steven Van Zandt, Steve Stevens. and members of both the Dead Boys and the Damned, Michael Monroe has been consistent. He loves rock and roll. And even if you can't easily find every one of his post-Hanoi Rocks records, take it from me, each and every one is full of hard rocking and hook-filled gems.
Now comes, "One Man Gang," what might be his best record since 1994's "Demolition 23." This one explodes out of the gate and never lets up. There are no electronic experiments, no trendy duets, no autotune. This is pure, unadulterated rock and roll, and Michael Monroe, now nearing 60, is singing better than ever.
Every track has a chorus to die for, with most of the songs written or co-written by NYC's Steve Conte and Sorry & The Sinatras guitarist Rich Jones, who also produced "One Man Gang." It wouldn't be a stretch to compare Monroe's attack to Bruce Springsteen. Just substitute a few key locations and turn the guitars up a little, or in some cases, a lot louder, and you will hear the similarities. I know I do.
Here are three tracks to get you started. I'm loving "One Man Gang" and I fully expect this one to finish in the Top 10 of 2019.