The health-troubled rocker Bret Michaels has diverse fans, and he tries to please all of them here. Custom Built boasts the talents of both Miley Cyrus (”Nothing to Lose”) and Jason Miller from goth-metalers Godhead, who offers a brutal remix of the Rock of Love theme. One thing everyone can agree on? The twangified take on ”Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is still lighter-worthy.
As the reigning rock & roll survivor in 2010, weathering everything from dating shows to a brain hemorrhage, winning Celebrity Apprentice along the way, Bret Michaels was in need of new product for the marketplace, so he served up Custom Built in the summer of 2010. Like its 2008 predecessor, Rock My World, and 2005’s Freedom of Sound before that, Custom Built is odds-and-ends masquerading as a new album, rounding up brand-new cuts and leftovers from Michaels’ unheralded pre-Rock of Love 2000s. There are three songs from Freedom of Sound -- four, if the new rock mix of “Driven” is counted -- adding a remix of the Rock Of Love theme “Got That Far,” and closing with a cut plucked from 1998’s A Letter from Death Row.
Oh Bret Micheals, why do you have to be such a lovable scamp? Writing this review would be so much easier if you didn’t seem like such a nice dude and if you hadn’t had such a disaster fraught year so far. we’d totally let into you about that Miley Cyrus duet and probably scold you for including that atrocious remix of the Rock of Love theme, but frankly, we can’t. Not now anyway.