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Shout at the Devil is the second album by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on September 26, 1983. It was the band's breakthrough album, establishing Mötley Crüe as one of the top selling heavy metal acts of the 1980s. The singles "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young to Fall in Love" were moderate hits for the band.
Shout at the Devil was Mötley Crüe's breakthrough success, bringing them to international attention. The album's title and the band's use of a pentagram brought the band a great deal of controversy upon its 1983 release, as Christian and conservative groups claimed the band was encouraging their listeners to worship Satan.
The album was one of the breakthrough releases of what was to become the 1980's "hair metal" movement, and was very influential in that regard.
In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau gave Shout at the Devil a "D" grade and felt that the band's commercial appeal lies in false braggadocio on an album that is poor "even by heavy metal standards". Rolling Stone magazine's J. D. Considine gave it two out of five stars and found their style of rock music formulaic, innocuous, and unoriginal: "The whole point of bands like Motley Crue is to provide cheap thrills to jaded teens, and that's where the album ultimately disappoints." In a retrospective four-and-a-half star review, Allmusic's Barry Weber viewed Shout at the Devil as their best album and wrote that it "displays Mötley Crüe's sleazy and notorious (yet quite entertaining) metal at its best."
Shout at the Devil peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 album charts. "Shout at the Devil", "Looks That Kill" and "Too Young to Fall in Love" were released as singles to promote the album; the latter of the two peaked at #54 and #90 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, while "Shout at the Devil" peaked at #30 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Shout at the Devil was awarded 4x Platinum (reaching the four million mark in shipments) on May 15, 1997.
"In the Beginning" (Geoff Workman, Nikki Sixx) – 1:13
"Shout at the Devil" (Sixx) – 3:16
"Looks That Kill" (Sixx) – 4:07
"Bastard" (Sixx) – 2:54
"God Bless the Children of the Beast" (Mick Mars) – 1:33
"Helter Skelter" (Lennon–McCartney) – 3:09
"Red Hot" (Mars, Vince Neil, Sixx) – 3:21
"Too Young to Fall in Love" (Sixx) – 3:34
"Knock 'Em Dead, Kid" (Neil, Sixx) – 3:40
"Ten Seconds to Love" (Neil, Sixx) – 4:17
"Danger" (Mars, Neil, Sixx) – 3:51
Singles from Shout at the Devil
"Shout at the Devil"
"Looks That Kill"
Released: January 4, 1984
"Too Young to Fall in Love"
Released: April 30, 1984
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece that hasnt aged,
.... it has darker themes and content than girls,girls,girls but it is still very much balls to the wall rock and sleaze roll,songs like shout at the devil,looks that kill,bastard,helter skelter,which is a cover version of a beatles song which is done well for a change,ten seconds to love etc are all so vital and essential ,it is just sublime ,this album reminds me of when i was just a lad and finding out what i was all about and bands like skid row,guns n roses and motley crue are all icons to me,this is a landmark album,if you are starting out in metal then get this,this is more than essential!