BILLION DOLLAR BABIES – Die For Diamonds
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.