One of hard rock's top bad boys, Idol still knows how to ratchet up the drama. "Evil Eye," a Doors-styled inquiry into myth, ritual, and deviance, seems ready-made for video treatment. You might recall how well Idol songs translated to the small screen; he's synonymous with early MTV. An Aztec-styled clip is just the ticket for "Evil Eye," with Idol, spiky and moussed, driving his motorcycle onto the sacrificial platform.
Helping the comeback is Steve Stevens, the super-flashy guitarist who powered Idol's biggest hits. Also on board: Keith Forsey, the disco-cured producer who helped Idol craft his glistening, hard-rock microfantasias. Devil's Playground isn't a trailblazer, but it's more than an affirmation.