BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – Die For Diamonds
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 23-03-2011
It’s the 1980’s all over again with this Swedish hard rock quartet. Named after an infamous Alice Cooper song, Billion Dollar Babies live for pop vocal hooks, streamlined guitar/ bass/ drum parts and occasional horn/ keyboard enhancement. Songs like “Restless Minds”, first single “Boys Night Out” and rambunctious closer “We Don’t Live Forever” recall Kiss and Motley Crue meeting up with Bon Jovi and a touch of AOR to spice things up.
As with all trends, some acts stick above while others merely coast in terms of songwriting or genuine believability. Billion Dollar Babies have a great lead guitarist and stellar front man with the requisite charm necessary to keep the listener’s attention – but I still think the songs aren’t at a level of say The Poodles or Crashdiet in terms of distinction. "Die For Diamonds" as a first album may get the party started, but this band need to dig deep into the creative well bank to capture a sustainable, wider following.