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  • Summary: The 80s star returns with his first album in a dozen years.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This is just well-executed, fun rock 'n' roll.
  2. 70
    [An] entertaining album. [Apr 2005, p.119]
  3. It delivers considerable entertainment value. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  4. 50
    A solid, by-the-numbers Billy Idol album. And that is both its triumph and its tragedy. [Apr 2005, p.99]
  5. Devil's Playground makes like it's 1983 all over again.
  6. The odd thing about Devil's Playground isn't that Billy pretends Cyberpunk doesn't exist -- frankly, any artist with sense would do that -- it's that he now pretends that he's always been a metalhead, as if his posturing in the '80s was more than an affectation.
  7. Over-produced and under-inspired. [26 Mar 2005, p.51]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 88
  2. Negative: 13 out of 88
  1. JackC
    Jan 24, 2008
    Wow. Just bought this in used CD bin in January 2008. Did not realize Billy made and album. I have been busy raising kids. This album is great! I'm a little behind, but I look forward to more, more, more! Expand
  2. AlyssaP
    May 24, 2005
    This is my all time favorite Cd!
  3. MattM
    Mar 31, 2005
    Fantabulous!!! This is the Heidi Klum of music!
  4. MelindaK
    May 30, 2005
    I have a hard time figuring out which song is my favorite. There is no one style here. " World Coming Down" is pure skater punk, "Scream" and "Super Overdrive" pure rock n roll reminiscent of the old Idol days. "Lady do or die takes a country spin", "Man of War" has a 60's flavor, "Body Snatcher" and "Evil Eye" are a bit sinister while"Yellin at the Christmas Tree" and "Plastic Jesus" are a lot of fun. But, the biggest shock is "Cherie" Was it inspired by Neil Diamond? I love this song! And don't be confused as i was. "Sherrie" is a completely different song and great too! What a comeback Billy! Expand
  5. B.Ruebush
    Mar 28, 2005
    Love him or hate him, Idol is back. Devil's Playground is what the best of Billy has always been, fun. I hate critics that have to find some deeper meaning to an artists work. There is no deep meaning or pupose to this album, just good solid fun tunes from beginning to end. Steve Stevens sounds great. Billy still can't sing but he sounds great! Well worth the money. Expand
  6. RoelofEverts
    May 24, 2005
    All the best of Idol came out!! And Steve too.
  7. GabbyH.
    Mar 30, 2005
    Wow. Billy Idol still exists? WEIRD. Wait a minute. Billy Idol FANS still exist? WEIRD.

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