Review Of Nashville Outlaws – A Tribute To Motley Crue (Eleven Seven Music / Universal Music Canada)

Motley Crue TributeAt first glance, you might be inclined to think that country music and heavy metal would repel one another like the opposite ends of a magnet. Surprisingly however, the 15 country music artists assembled here show that Motley Crue’s music can transcend genres with relative ease. And although it doesn’t always work (Leann Rimes performing “Smokin’ In The Boys Room,” not even a Motley original), there are a number of tracks where it works rather well: Aaron Lewis takes the industrial-influenced “Afraid” and turns it into a surprisingly decent ballad; The Mavericks turn “Dr. Feelgood” into a Latin-inspired cacophony of percussion while the Eli Young Band’s take on “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” stays close to the spirit of the original.