Thickskin

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Thickskin
SkidRowThickSkin.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 2003
Recorded2002–2003
StudioSanctuary Studios and Shorefire Studios, New Jersey,
The Sanctuary and Reflections, Charlotte, North Carolina
GenreHeavy metal
Length46:46
LabelSkid Row Records (US)
SPV/Steamhammer (Europe)
Victor (Japan)
ProducerSkid Row, Steven Haigler
Skid Row chronology
40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row
(1998)
Thickskin
(2003)
Revolutions per Minute
(2006)

Thickskin is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Skid Row, and first to feature Sebastian Bach replacement Johnny Solinger and only to feature drummer Phil Varone. The comeback album alienated most Skid Row fans due to the absence of Bach, with many of them believing a reunion without Bach was not really Skid Row. It charted at number 46 on the Top Independent albums chart.[1]

"Ghost" was released as a promo single with a music video filmed in Miami, Florida. A video was also made for the second single "New Generation", "Thick is the Skin" and "One Light", all of which were featured on the DVD Under the Skin (The Making of Thickskin). "I Remember You Two" is a remake of the single "I Remember You" in a punk rock-influenced fashion. The song "Born a Beggar" was written with Sean McCabe when Skid Row was briefly going under the moniker Ozone Monday.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Melodic.net2.5/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard8.5/10[4]

Daniel Böhm in his review for the German Rock Hard magazine was very happy of Skid Row's return and wrote that "Thickskin is modern, dripping US Rock'n'Roll with good taste and 100% street credibility", where are exalted "the most uncompromising corners of the last two Skids albums", which old fans may find hard to digest.[4] AllMusic Alex Henderson found Thickskin "surprisingly good" and appreciated the fact that Skid Row revamped their music, combining the "melodic yet hard-driving effort" of their previous albums with a "sort of post-grunge sound one would expect from the Foo Fighters, Silverchair, Creed, or Default". He also predicted that "diehard Bach loyalists" would "inevitably insist that an alterna-rock version of Skid Row isn't really Skid Row."[2] Melodic.net reviewer is one of them, who would "rather play Slave to the Grind again before hearing this one more time." He found that only a couple of tracks retain the flavour of the old band and wrote that, even though the songs are in general decent and the music sounds modern, Thickskin is not a "classic".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."New Generation"Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo3:18
2."Ghost"Bolan, Sabo, Damon Johnson3:54
3."Swallow Me (The Real You)"Bolan, Sabo3:38
4."Born a Beggar"Bolan, Sabo, Scotti Hill, Sean McCabe4:28
5."Thick Is the Skin"Bolan, Sabo3:48
6."See You Around"Bolan, Sabo, Johnson4:19
7."Mouth of Voodoo"Bolan, Sabo, Johnny Solinger4:26
8."One Light"Bolan, Sabo4:07
9."I Remember You Two"Bolan, Sabo3:20
10."Lamb"Bolan, Sabo3:41
11."Down from Underground"Bolan, Sabo, Johnson4:35
12."Hittin' the Wall"Bolan, Sabo, Hill3:06

Under the Skin (The Making of Thickskin) DVD[edit]

"Under the Skin" was released August 12, 2003 and features a behind the scenes look at the making of Skid Row's comeback album Thickskin. Set in a documentary style the DVD also includes a photo gallery, interviews, music videos and live performances.

DVD Track listing[edit]

  1. "New Generation"
  2. "Beat Yourself Blind"
  3. "Lamb"
  4. "Mouth of Voodoo"
  5. "Thick Is the Skin"
  6. "One Light"
  7. "I Remember You Two"
  8. "Ghost"
  9. "Quicksand Jesus"
  10. "Piece of Me"
  11. "See You Around"

Personnel[edit]

Skid Row
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skid Row Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-03.
  2. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Thickskin at AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Roth, Kaj (2003). "Skid Row - Thickskin". Melodic.net. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Böhm, Daniel (2003). "Review Album: Skid Row- Thickskin". Rock Hard (in German). No. 196. Retrieved July 20, 2018.

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