Released: 2011, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Reviewer: Robert Williams
Eagle Rock Entertainment have re-issued what was to be the final Twisted Sister studio album LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS. The Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Kix, Warrant) produced album has been given the remasterting treatment by famed engineer Scott Hull, who has provided a crisp, clean sonic retouching.
It's important to note that LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS was originally intended to be a Dee Snider solo record. Fearing declining album sales, Atlantic Records refused to release a solo record from Dee, so this album had to be recorded and released under the Twisted Sister moniker. Following the departure of longtime drummer AJ Pero who left the band following the completion of the tour in support of COME OUT AND PLAY, drums on this record are performed by Joe Franco.
Of course LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS is by far the most neglected album in the band's illustrious career, none of these tracks have been performed live by the since reformed shock rockers, and even back in it's own rightful heyday only spawning the lone single "Hot Love" which did poorly on the charts in comparison to their previous radio and music video hits. Having said that, the albums title track is a catchy little number, maybe feeling a little out of place with the rest of Twisted Sisters repertoire, but catchy none the less. I personally think "Tonight" should have been the single from this record, rocking with a certain urgency and purpose, the gang vocals most recalling the glory days of a band poised for destruction.
Four additional bonus tracks are included, stretching the bang for your buck a little further than the COME OUT AND PLAY re-issue that only had one, but there are no era band photos or liner notes included. Still, it's nice to have an out of print rarity like LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS available in record stores for collector's and new fans alike, and Twisted Sister enthusiasts will eat this up.