Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Serious Contenders: Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It"

There's no objective test for quality in music. Twisted Sister may not be the most artful group out there, but they for sure accomplish what they set out to, rockin hard and making a case for loud music against one-dimensional, oppressive authority. "We're Not Gonna Take It" may be one of the most highly polished bits of pop metal, but there's a sneer in Dee Snider's voice that makes you wanna join his team. In the end, that's what it's about, that joining of community of celebration, us-against-the-world, of 80's hard rock. Heavy music becomes a club you can join if you're into it, and it's easy to want to because the beat is irresistible and the riffs are slick. They call it an anthem for a reason.

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