Life Is Good For Tommy Lee
It looks like life must be good for Tommy Lee, Motley Crue's highly visible drummer. The Crue has executed a successful reunion collection and tour. Tommy Lee will be the subject of his own reality show on TV this fall, and there are rumors of a 3rd marriage between Lee and his friend Pamela Anderson - at the least, they seem to be getting along well. Consequently, his third solo album Tommyland, the Ride, taking its title from Lee's tell-all book from last year, is a good-natured "ride" through contemporary pop-rock.
Tommyland, the Ride is radio-friendly and has nothing to offend...perhaps it plays things a little too safe. Few of the songs truly stand out beyond the bulk of radio pop-rock. Lee's vocals are an undistinguished growl that fails to ignite a tune like "Tryin' To Be Me," the album's first single, a rant on the celebrity life. "Good Times," the theme song for Lee's new reality TV series, kicks off the album with polished guitar and vocal assists from Dave Navarro and Butch Walker, but it is hard to distinguish from the work of a number of other mainstream pop-rock acts.
Tommyland, the Ride does include a true gem. "Tired" is a song that could only appear on a Tommy Lee album. With instantly catchy guitar support from Dave Navarro and Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden belts out the instantly memorable chorus "Tommy got tired of Pamela, Ed got tired of Salma, Puffy got tired of J.Lo and Ben did, too...I'm just tired of you!" It's 3 1/2 minutes of celebrity rock glee.
The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a pleasurable backing soundtrack for end of the summer fun, Tommyland, the Ride could be a good choice. If you're looking for originality or art, you will have to look elsewhere.