After listening to Steel Panther’s latest opus, Balls Out, I feel like I need to take a long hot shower. Steel Panther’s latest edition of raunch and roll holds back no punches, and delivers 13 more tongue in cheek songs filled with sex and drug filled lyrics that will either make you laugh, or hurl, or both.
I don’t know what it is with Balls Out, but I didn’t find the songs as funny as Steel Panther’s debut Feel the Steel. In most of the songs, the jokes were only somewhat funny the first time around, but not so much after repeat listens. If you are a media darling, chances are you are included in Steel Panther’s lyrics. Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, George Clooney, and Tiger Woods all make Steel Panther’s hit list this time around.
Some songs seem derivative of other works…..the intro “In the Future” for Balls Out gives a strong nod towards the intro “In the Beginning” of Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil album. “17 Girls In a Row” borrows a riff from Sammy Hagar’s “I Don’t Need Love”. It is a catchy tune, just not very original.
“If You Really Really Love Me” is really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really the dumbest song I have heard in 2011. ( You will have to listen to the song, to understand this statement).
“Gold Digging Whore” is another super catchy rocker, which lyrics done in fine cheerleader fashion.
Steel Panther has crafted the biggest power ballad of 2011 with their real tear ( or something else) jerker, “Weenie Ride”.
If you are easily offended, you are definitely need to skip Balls Out. The music is great, and Michael Starr aka Ralph Saenz delivers some killer vocals that sound like they came right out of 1989. Satchel aka Russ Parrish has surprised me with his awesome riffs on Balls Out. The song lyrics on Balls Out are graphically explicit, crude, and particularly offensive to women.
You definitely won’t want to play this in the work place, or around children. Purchase at your own risk….you have been warned!
Rating: Out of 10
01 .In The Future
02. Supersonic Sex Machine
03. Just Like Tiger Woods
04. 17 Girls In A Row
05. If You Really Really Love Me
06. It Won’t Suck Itself
07. Tomorrow Night
08. Why Can’t You Trust Me
09. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride
Steel Panther is:
Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Satchel (Russ Parrish) – rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Lexxi Foxxx (Travis Haley) – bass, backing vocals
Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) – drums, percussion, backing vocals