- Personnel: Billy Idol (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mark Younger-Smith (guitar, bass); Arthur Barrow (keyboards, bass programming); Greg Mathieson (keyboards); Phil Soussan, Jimmy Johnson, Vito (bass); Phil Shenale (bass programming); Mike Baird, Keith Forsey (drums); Stephanie Spruill, Bunny Hull, Alex Brown.
- Recorded at Lighthouse Studios, Track Record, Conway Studios, and Oasis Studios, Los Angeles, California.
- The spars code on this disc is both AAD and DDD.
- This is a special limited edition package with a fold-out poster booklet similar to Aerosmith's "Pump" and Robert Plant's "Manic Nirvana."
- Like any Billy Idol album, Charmed Life is wildly inconsistent, but it has enough strong songs -- like the gloriously tongue-in-cheek hard rock of "Cradle of Love" -- to make most of the filler on the record forgivable. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (5/3/90) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...explores new dimensions in his character and his work."
Entertainment Weekly - "Unexpectedly touching..." - Rating: A-