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Like every little boy I used to be a big fan of professional wrestling watching the likes of The Undertaker, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin tearing up the WWE (and formerly the WWF). It was through wrestling that I first heard of American rock band "Saliva", a band that had formed in the mid 1990's and really garnered widespread acceptance via their link to the wrestling world. In fact it was their link to wrestling that really saw the band making their name with a number of their tracks becoming the walk on songs of various wrestlers.
Formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996 the band released their first album, the self-titled "Saliva" the following year to notable success on the back of their own work (they self published the album selling over 100,000 copies before a major label took them on).
Some four years after their debut album Saliva were back in the studio to record and release their follow up album "Every Six Seconds". It was this album that saw the band first linking up with the wrestling world with tracks "Superstar" and "Click Click Boom" both being used as theme tunes for huge WWE shows in 2001 and 2002.
In late 2002 the band released their third album "Back into Your System" which again got connected to professional thanks to "Always" (the album's first single) being used for yet another major WWE show. By now the link was obvious that Saliva and the WWE were going to be always linked in my head and it was no surprise when in 2004 the WWE used "Survival of the Sickest" form the band's fourth album (also called "Survival of the Sickest") and then in 2007 the bands track "Ladies and Gentlemen" (from the band's fifth album "Blood Stained Love Story") was used, yet again by the WWE.
The bands link to the WWE didn't stop their however with "Don't Question My Heart" being used for the WWE's "ECW" show and "Hunt you Down" being used for a major show in 2009.
With all these links it's fair to assume that when I saw the track listing to Saliva's best of album "Moving Forward in Reverse: Greatest Hits" (released in 2010) I recognised more than just a song or two. In fact I think I recognised almost half the album from my watching professional wrestling and it's fair to admit that it's those songs that stand out with the albums clear highlights being "Superstar", "Click Click Boom" and "Always". All three of those tracks bare a real angsty teenage boy feel to them with a rocky sound that sounds a bit like Papa Roach with balls.
Sadly however aside from those tracks the album is a bit of a mixed bag with some solid tracks, such as "Raise Up" and "Your Disease" which shows the same angsty streak as those mentioned above and some really toothless tracks such as "Rest In Pieces" and "Family Reunion" which are really shockingly dull and overly...well...wimpy for lack of a better term.
With some 14 tracks here it's fair to say that it's not an overly long album (54:05) though in all honesty there is only a handful of tracks deserving to be on the bands "best of" with almost half of this album feeling pretty average and worth skipping. I understand that the band didn't have many genuinely great songs though I'd have expected better than some of the filler on here.
If you're like me and remember the band due to their links to the WWE then you may well have a nostalgic feeling listening to some of the tracks here, though sadly aside from those tracks you'll feel a bit non-plussed by a band who want to sound like angry men whilst appealing to childish little boys. I'd swiftly recommend a listen to the stand out tracks (Superstar, Always, Click Click Boom, Raise Up and Your Disease) but then I can't really recommend people to buy an album for 5 tracks, especially not a supposed "best of".