Quiet Riot – Guilty Pleasures (2001)

Quiet Riot - Guilty Pleasures

Quiet Riot – Guilty Pleasures (2001, Bodyguard)

  1. Vicious Circle
  2. Feel The Pain
  3. Rock The House
  4. Shadow Of Love
  5. I Can’t Make You Love Me
  6. Feed The Machine
  7. Guilty Pleasures
  8. Blast From The Past
  9. Let Me Be The One
  10. Street Fighter
  11. Fly Too High

Band Lineup:
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
 
Quiet Riot lineup 2001

Total Time – 50:49

Kevin DuBrow official website
Frankie Banali official website

Out of nowhere, Quiet Riot releases their best album since CONDITION CRITICAL. Eleven songs by the reunited band that take a step back to the past, creating an ’80s style Hard Rock party album. Sing-a-long choruses, guitar solos, gang background vocals, melody and power…..the makings of a great album. What is unique about this album is that the band writes in some old parts into the new music: the title of an album or song within the lyrics, a drum intro/pattern that sounds very similar to one from an earlier album, guitar melodies and riffs that were primary pieces of early classics. The songs are well written, fun, and stick in your mind.

‘Vicious Circle’ kickstarts the album into high gear right off the bat with it’s pounding drums and electrified riffs. I like the vocal enhancement DuBrow uses in parts of the song to give a deeper, sinister sound to his vocal, then it kicks back into the trademark scream. A definite fist-pounder, Banali’s drums really set the tone. This was the set opener for their slot on the Summer tour with Poison. The guitar into to ‘Feel The Pain’ reminds me of something from QR III but it the song quickly kicks into a mid-tempo groove that recalls AC/DC. The guitar has that big synthesized sound at times but it’s just multi-tracked, it just has that big sound. Another song from the live set.

‘Rock The House’ is the first single and was basically created to be this album’s ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, it’s anthem. Complete with a similar drum intro with Kevin kicking in the chorus over the top, I also detect a small guitar fill that sounds all too familiar. It’s a good party song but a little predictable, sing the lyrics to ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ over the music and you’ll get the point. ‘Shadow Of Love’, keeps the album moving along with it’s fast pace. I really like this song but I can’t help thinking it would also fit on Judas Priest’s POINT OF ENTRY album.

Four ’80s styled rockers in a row means ballad time. ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ is an average track. It has a powerful sound but I think it feeds off the rest of the album and gets lumped in with the good rather than the bad. Not bad but missing something. Back to the party with ‘Feed The Machine’. A very catchy song with a little more of those DuBrow enhancements like ‘Vicious Circle’. The title track is the best song on the album and another concert staple. I really like the funky guitar and bass and this is by far the catchiest song on the record, the chorus sticking in your head well after the album’s over. Another vintage anthem with ‘Blast From The Past’, the band making no bones about sounding dated. Great song with a guitar riff that steals a part from ‘Party All Night’.

Ballad #2, ‘Let Me Be The One’, is a little better but still average. It gets a pass because it’s surounded by the fun songs. ‘Street Fighter’ is the closest thing to Speed Metal that Quiet Riot will get. It’s the fastest song on the album, employing a chugging guitar but it’s not up to par with the rest of the uptempo songs. It’s like it is fast just to be fast. ‘Fly Too High’ is this album’s answer to ‘Thunderbird’ as far as pace and style, making ballad #3 a success. The cool thing is that the song’s verses are a slower version of ‘Metal Health’. Listen to the song and sing the words to ‘Metal Health’, they fit.

Bottom Line:
It sounds dated, it sounds too familiar, it sounds like it came from the early ’80s……but that is exactly what makes the album great. Quiet Riot have come full circle tight back to their party Metal roots that made them household names. Well worth the money if ’80s Hard Rock is your thing. Favorite songs: ‘Guilty Pleasures’, ‘Vicious Circle’, ‘Feed The Machine’, ‘Feel The Pain’, ‘Blast From The Past’. I saw the tour three times and the songs really translate well to the live show. I pull this album out regularly and I find myself singing the songs even after the album ends, it’s that type of music.

Quiet Riot – Alive And Well (1999)

Quiet Riot - Alive And Well

Quiet Riot – Alive And Well (1999, Deadline)

  1. Don’t Know What I Want
  2. Angry
  3. Alive And Well
  4. The Ritual
  5. Overworked And Underpaid
  6. Slam Dunk (Way To Go)
  7. Too Much Information
  8. Against The Wall
  9. Highway To Hell
  10. Sign Of The Times (1999)
  11. Don’t Wanna Let You Go (1999)
  12. The Wild And The Young (1999)
  13. Mama Weer All Crazee Now (1999)
  14. Cum On Feel The Noize (1999)
  15. Metal Health (1999)

Band Lineup:
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Rudy Sarzo – Bass

Quiet Riot lineup 1999

Total Time – 72:11

Kevin DuBrow official website
Frankie Banali official website

The return of the classic Quiet Riot lineup with bassist Rudy Sarzo, who rejoined the band in 1997. This is a two-part album: Part 1 is new material, Part 2 is newly recorded versions of older QR hits. Not a bad way to re-introduce the band, and make some extra coin, in the “reunion era” of the late ’90s.

‘Don’t Know What I Want’ starts the album on a high note with it’s classic early ’80s sound. A straight up rocker, this opener sounds like it came from 1984, and that ain’t a bad thing. ‘Angry’ keeps the groove going with it’s catchy chorus and gang backing vocals. The main riff sound a lot like Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ riff but with Carlos Cavazo putting his own style after it. It breeds familiarity.

The title track continues the barnstorming with it’s anthemic lyrics and driving guitar. The band sounding rejuvenated and stating it proudly, very upbeat. ‘The Ritual’ starts with a Rudy Sarzo bass intro and plods into a slow dirge. Frankie and Rudy setting the mood with the rhythm and Carlos comes in and out with a meaty riff. Tapping into what all working stiffs think, ‘Overworked And Underpaid’ is another classic ’80s style song with a catchy chorus and melody. ‘Slam Dunk (Way to Go)’ starts with the chorus that sounds like “She’s my cherry pie…..” Definitely a fun party rocker that I find myself enjoying despite the teenage lyrics.

Is that cowbell I hear on ‘Too Much Information’? You bet! Frankie providing another solid backbeat on what I consider an average Hard Rock track. ‘Against The Wall’ has that infectious guitar and beat, a fist-pumper that makes me think of mid-80s Sammy Hagar. This is one of my favorite songs on the disc. The band need sit’s cover and they do a good job on AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’, this was a live staple for the band throughout the ’90s.

On to Part 2 (classic QR re-done)…..
‘Sign Of The Times’ is almost exact but with a beefed up guitar and Kevin’s voice is grittier. ‘Don’t Wanna Let You Go’ gets acoustic and is the best song re-worked. Carlos putting a nice acoustic flavor to this ballad, nice and subdued. I think I like this version more than the original and the original is one of my favorite Quiet Riot tunes. The most improved song is ‘The Wild And The Young’. No keyboards, just guitars. Now this is how they should have done it in 1986! This version is exactly how they play it live, with the bass solo, the vocal breakdown, and no keys. Rudy adds a different texture to the bass lines, a bit thicker to go with the guitar, and Carlos does a brand new solo. Kevin SINGS ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’ instead of screaming it like on CONDITION CRITICAL, sounds almost exact save for the vocals and the breakdown before the solo. You can tell that Kevin’s voice has aged fifteen years as he doesn’t hit the high parts in ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ but it sounds almost exact, just a notch below the original. ‘Metal Health’ is close to the original, re-done extremely well.

Bottom Line:
Quiet Riot reunites and goes for a more classic ’80s sound with the new songs. I like it, using the trademark sound but not overdoing it so it becomes cliche. Favorite new songs: the title track, ‘Slam Dunk’, ‘Against The Wall’, ‘Don’t Know What I Want’. I really enjoyed the new interpretations of the original hits from the early days. They were all re-done the way the band plays them live. Favorites here: ‘Don’t Wanna Let You Go’, ‘The Wild And The Young’, ‘Metal Health’.

I saw the tour for this record four times and the band was no slouch live. The stop in Providence, RI at The Strand was a great show, the band really putting in the energy and entertainment for less than 300 people. I remember when they went into ‘Party All Night’ my buddy and I were front center and we were singing right along with DuBrow, which got us some high fives from the guys onstage. A great night and a fun time. I also saw a stop a year or so later at The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI. Always a great place to see a show, the place was packed for a two hour set. I remember getting front center at the stage and having the same ‘Party All Night’ experience again.

Quiet Riot – Down To The Bone (1995)

Quiet Riot - Down To The Bone

Quiet Riot – Down To The Bone (1995, Kamikaze)

  1. Dig
  2. Pretty Pack Of Lies
  3. All Day And All Of The Night
  4. Whatever It Takes
  5. Wings Of A Cloud
  6. Trouble Again
  7. Down To The Bone
  8. Voodoo Brew
  9. Monday Morning Breakdown
  10. Live Till It Hurts
  11. Twisted
  12. All Wound Up
  13. Hell Or High Water
  14. Wings Of A Cloud (revisited)

Band Lineup:
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Chuck Wright – Bass

Additional Musicians:
Matt Littell – Bass (on ‘Pack Of Lies’)

Total Time – 68:45

Kevin DuBrow official website
Frankie Banali official website

Continuing in the vein of TERRIFIED, Quiet Riot comes back again with another solid Hard Rock album for the ’90s. Classic Rock flavored, blues-based, and structured party anthems. It’s not all mid-tempo this time around, there are some faster tunes here that nod to the ’80s heyday, a combination of old and new.

Two things really jump out at me when listening to this record: Just like the previous album, DuBrow sings outside of his trademark delivery, it’s more soulful and bluesy in a Glenn Hughes sort of way. Second, Carlos Cavazo puts in another superb guitar performance showing that he is under-rated and overlooked in the scene.

Some solid songs here: ‘Dig’, ‘Pretty Pack Of Lies’, ‘Trouble Again’, ‘Voodoo Brew’ (interesting keyboards here), ‘Twisted’. All are very good, straight to the point, Hard Rock. The rest of the album is as straight forward as these selections except for the obligatory cover of The Kinks’ classic, ‘All Day And All Of The Night’, which is done well but unnecessary. ‘Hell Or High Water’ has that ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’/Pete Townshend type intro, a nod to the roots.

This was released in 1995 and I remember seeing the CD in the New Release rack at my local Circuit City for $9.99. Of course this was pre-Internet, my only news was the Rock mags and zines, I didn’t remember news of a new QR album. If you look at the cover, the band name is missing but the trademark mask is there, a casual fan might not give it a second glance. I almost missed out on this but that artwork really drew me in, one of the best I’d seen in a long time and the best the band has ever had.

Bottom Line:
Straight up Hard Rock done well. It’s the same sound that you identify as Quiet Riot but bluesy. Well worth checking out. Favorite songs: ‘Pretty Pack Of Lies’, ‘Voodoo Brew’, ‘Trouble Again’.

Quiet Riot Week continues

I’ve got the flu…..again. So I am continuing Quiet Riot Week until mid-week.

Here’s what’s coming:

Album Reviews: Down To The Bone (1995), Alive And Well (1999), Guilty Pleasures (2001), and the new album Rehab (2006).

A post that ties it all together about QR’s place in history, my memories, and some final commentary.

I will also post anything noteworthy but it’s been a really slow month for big news.

—   Steve

Quiet Riot – Terrified (1993)

Quiet Riot - TerrifiedCold Day In Hell (2002 reissue of Terrified)

Quiet Riot – Terrified (1993, Moonstone)

(Reissued as Cold Day In Hell in 2002 with new artwork)

  1. Cold Day In Hell
  2. Loaded Gun
  3. Itchycoo Park
  4. Terrified
  5. Rude Boy
  6. Dirty Lover
  7. Psycho City
  8. Rude, Crude Mood
  9. Little Angel
  10. Resurrection

Band Lineup:
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Frankie Banali – Drums
Kenny Hillery – Bass

Total Time – 52:26

Kevin DuBrow official website
Frankie Banali official website

After a five year hiatus, Quiet Riot is back. Biggest change is that Kevin DuBrow is back at the mic but there is also a new bass player, Kenny Hillery. Without a major label behind them, the band releases TERRIFIED on Moonstone Records, which is now defunct. It’s 1993, Alternative and Grunge are the music styles of the day, so a band like Quiet Riot has limited options. The band does what they do best: make Hard Rock records.

‘Cold Day In Hell’ is a mid-tempo stomper complete with the trademark Frankie Banali drum intro. The guitar sounds meatier, like on QUIET RIOT previously, and Kevin sounds in fine voice. ‘Loaded Gun’ is another slow/mid-tempo song with a bluesy, Classic Rock feel. I find myself listening to Hillery’s bass lines the most on this song, they stand out with an almost funky feel at times. Next up is a Small Faces cover, ‘Itchycoo Park’ which is pretty dead on to the original. I normally frown upon covers but this one is pretty good and it’s not one you hear often. It fits the QR vibe and shows some versatility as Carlos almost never has the acoustics on record and Kevin shows his voice hasn’t aged much.

‘Terrified’ is another mid-pace Hard Rock bruiser with some excellent guitar work by Mr. Cavazo, great solo. The tempo gets you nodding your head and the chorus sucks you in to sing along. A slow bluesy lick opens ‘Rude Boy’ and then it kicks right in straight to the head like a good Rock song should. The guitar intro to ‘Dirty Lover’ is all Cinderella. Big drum sound here, Banali up front in the mix and Cavazo putting in another good, but reined in, performance. ‘Psycho City’ sounds like low-grade Guns’n Roses, I could see Axl singing this. Another nice mid-tempo groove, not too fast and not too slow but enough to have plenty of power. ‘Rude, Crude Mood’ reminds me of a bad KISS song…..I don’t like this one but I honestly can’t put my finger on why.

‘Little Angel’ was the first single and it takes you back to the early ’80s. Sounds like it could have been on METAL HEALTH. It sounds dated but in a good way, best song on the album. You can hear this one go down in concert as a “sing-a-long with the crowd” tune, especially right after the solo with the drum break. As with every good album, there has to be a weak track and that’s ‘Resurrection’. Why they needed an instrumental for this record is beyond me, the band just went through a good cover and eight strong straight forward Hard Rock songs. Maybe this was to keep Carlos happy, who knows? This is a skip for me everytime.

Bottom Line:
Nothing like coming out and making a pure Hard Rock album in spite of the current music trends. TERRIFIED is a solid Hard Rock with a Classic Rock feel. Banali and Cavazo show why they are well respected musicians within the industry by turning in strong performances. DuBrow shows his pipes are still trademark Quiet Riot and gives the band it’s identity, something lacking on the previous album without him. The writing is better although some lyrics are a bit repetitive (‘Rude Boy’ & ‘Rude Crude Mood’). All in all, a solid album that is surprisingly strong and underrated. This was re-released in 2002 as COLD DAY IN HELL with new artwork (including Rudy Sarzo) in order to capitalize on the reunion momentum. Favorite songs: ‘Little Angel’, ‘Cold Day In Hell’, ‘Loaded Gun’, ‘Psycho City’.

Quiet Riot – s/t (1989)

Quiet Riot - s/t

Quiet Riot – s/t  (1988, CBS/Pasha)

  1. Stay With Me Tonight
  2. Callin’ The Shots
  3. Run To You
  4. I’m Fallin’
  5. King Of The Hill
  6. The Joker
  7. Lunar Obsession
  8. Don’t Wanna Be Your Fool
  9. Coppin’ A Feel
  10. In A Rush
  11. Empty Promises

Band Lineup:
Frankie Banali – Drums
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Sean McNabb - Bass
Paul Shortino – Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jimmy Johnson – Bass on ‘Coppin’ A Feel’ & ‘Stay With Me Tonight’

Total Time – 44:11

Frankie Banali official website
Paul Shortino official website

Kevin DuBrow is fired from his own band. Is that possible? Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt) takes over the vocal slot while Sean McNabb (Great White, Badd Boyz) takes over bass duties from the departed Chuck Wright, who bailed to help form House Of Lords. Anytime there is a change at the mic, it can be hit or miss, there is no in between. To change such a distinctive sound as Kevin DuBrow’s voice was a drastic move that backfired, producing the band’s least successful, and last, album for a major label.

It’s easy to blame the new guy up front but Paul Shortino isn’t the problem, he puts in a great performance while under fire. His vocals are raspy and gritty just like he was in Rough Cutt. The edge that was lost on QR III is back on QUIET RIOT but it’s the songwriting that kills the album.

It’s a heavier album than QR III, even with the keyboards. Jimmy Waldo’s (ex-New England, ex-Alcatrazz) keys don’t dominate the songs like John Purdell’s did on the previous album. They add texture and play off Carlos’ guitar. It’s nice to hear Carlos again because he was missing in action on QR III except for the solos. Same goes for Frankie who actually gets a heavier drum sound despite Spencer Proffer’s slick style production. Despite his strong performance, Shortino gets the blame because he is following such a distinctive voice and personality.

If you look at the credits on previous album, Kevin DuBrow is listed on every song. The guy can write Quiet Riot party anthems. Replace his input and you have a totally different band, a different personality. Gone is the “party hearty” attitude for a more “serious one, the band searching for an identity in a now overcrowded Rock scene. This is the album that ended their deal with CBS/Pasha so, once it was finished, the band was basically over. I’m not even sure if they toured this record.

Bottom Line:
Heavier sound but still slick and clean. The are some strong songs here: ‘Stay With Me Tonight’ (the first single and video), ‘Callin’ The Shots’ (my favorite), ‘King Of The Hill’, and ‘The Joker’. The rest is all filler, no killer. I’ve listened to this album more than any other QR album in the past two weeks, I felt I had to give it a fair listen. I found a new appreciation for it rather than total dismissal but I think it would have been more successful had it not been a Quiet Riot record and a totally different band. I’d like to hear it with DuBrow on vocals to compare.

Van Halen and David Lee Roth official reunion news!

From Billboard.com

Sources tell Billboard.com a contract could be signed as soon as today for Live Nation to produce a 40-date amphitheatre tour by Van Halen this summer, with original frontman David Lee Roth back in the fold for the first time in more than 20 years.

As previously reported, guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s 15-year-old son Wolfgang has stepped in for original bassist Michael Anthony in the new incarnation of the group, which also features drummer Alex Van Halen.

Van Halen last toured in 2004 with vocalist Sammy Hagar, grossing nearly $40 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. Hagar refused to collaborate further with Eddie and Alex Van Halen after the tour’s completion (“I don’t get along with Eddie anymore, and that’s all there is to it,” he told Billboard.com in August 2005), although he has consistently played live with Anthony in recent years. The warring factions may wind up meeting in public in March when Van Halen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I see it absolutely as an inevitability,” Roth told Billboard.com last May of a potential reunion with his ex-bandmates. “To me, it’s not rocket surgery. It’s very simple to put together. And as far as hurt feelings and water under the dam, like what’s-her-name says to what’s-her-name at the end of the movie ‘Chicago’ — ‘So what? It’s showbiz!’ So I definitely see it happening.”

Hagar recently said he was concerned Eddie Van Halen was asking too much of his son to have him join the band and promptly perform in front of thousands of people every night.

“That’s a lot of pressure for Wolfie. Just ’cause he’s Eddie’s son doesn’t mean he can go out and play in arenas and perform and entertain an audience for two hours,” he said. “I would love to see Eddie and Alex get behind Wolfie, with a kid of his age singing, and produce the record for him and help him launch a career. I’d rather see it go that way than come out and say ‘Wolfie’s the bass player in Van Halen and maybe singing, too.’ Van Halen’s got way too much history to have that put on him.”

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It’s finally official! Van Halen with David Lee Roth will tour in the Summer of 2007. Too bad it’s eleven years too late.

Anyone remember the 1996 MTV Music Awards when Van Halen came out with Diamond Dave to present an award? Now that was exciting! The possibilities of seeing the original Van Halen again with their talents still intact were huge. Diamond Dave hadn’t been out of the game long (YOUR FILTHY LITTLE MOUTH was released in 1994) and VH still had their chops (the BALANCE album and tour was in 1995). Over a decade later, it’s just irrelevant. The time has passed when it could have meant something but, with no Michael Anthony, it’s not the original Van Halen. Eddie, Alex, and Dave are much older and their talents have may have eroded.

The last tour with Sammy Hagar was successful in terms of attendance but the reports of high ticket Prices, bad performances (Eddie’s), and internal strife kind of killed the hype. Will teaming the Van Halen family with Diamond Dave be less volatile? Will Wolfgang crack under the pressure? Will Eddie kill Dave or Dave kill Eddie?

I’ll find out because I’ll probably be there……

Eric Carr limited edition action figure available

I believe I found out about this either from Bravewords.com or KISSFAQ.com…..either way, it’s a nice figure but a lot of money. It’s a custom job with great attention to detail but look at the price!. I’ve seen the original Mego KISS dolls go for less. I’ve also seen some very nice custom Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent dolls at KISS Konventions go for a fraction of this price. I’ll put this under Ebay Madness because the price is definitely madness!

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From Limited Toy Design:

LIMITED TOYS DESIGN is proud to present his first figure based on Eric CARR, KISS’s drummer from 1980 to 1991.

We worked on the development of this prototype. Our project will consist in creating this 12” figure as an official limited edition of 150 pieces with a certificate of authenticity numbered.

It’s a 12 inch figure, fully articulated (30 points of articulation). The costume is in real fabric, some fur on the platform boots and the collar, and near 900 strass are need to respect with care the original costume of Eric CARR. The box is covered with imitation leather.

The price is 400 US Dollars (shipping included)

We don’t know if a collector like this one will seduce the fans of Eric you are. We are waiting for your feedback.

To valid this project, we need your pre-ordering. For the moment, we are just asking you to send us a mail with your complete address and e-mail and telling us you would order this collector figure to order@limitedtoysdesign.com .

If the project succeed, we’ll come back to you to ask you 150 US$ to confirm the order. And when your figure will be ready to ship, you’ll pay the rest.

Quiet Riot – ‘Twilight Hotel’ (video, 1986)

My favorite song off the album and I really like the video. Better than ‘The Wild And The Young’ video, it has that Nightmare On Elm Street: Dream Warriors feel with the dollhouse but comical.

Kevin DuBrow sporting the Paul Stanley look with the wig hair.

By rhodeislandrock Posted in Videos

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986)

Quiet Riot - QR III

Quiet Riot – QR III (1986, CBS/Pasha)

  1. Main Attraction
  2. The Wild And The Young
  3. Twilight Hotel
  4. Down And Dirty
  5. Rise Or Fall
  6. Put Up Or Shut Up
  7. Still Of The Night
  8. Bass Case
  9. The Pump
  10. Slave To Love
  11. Helping Hands

Band Lineup:
Chuck Wright – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
Kevin DuBrow – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums

Additional Musicians:
John Purdell – Keyboards and Programming

Total Time – 42:19

Kevin DuBrow official website
Frankie Banali official website

So the decline began with CONDITION CRITICAL falling a few million units short but the musical intergrity stayed intact. Looking back, the idea to keep the same formula for the first two albums worked: two records gaining at least Platinum status. Rudy Sarzo is out, Chuck Wright is in, the first of many personnel changes over the years. I remember reading that the band had worked up material for QR III, presented it to the record company, and it was flatly rejected. Back to the drawing board but it’s not a carbon copy of the previous two albums. QR III is keyboard heavy and extremely slick in production, almost over-produced. Producer Spencer Proffer making the band go in a more AOR/Pop Rock direction.

Keyboards open ‘Main Attraction’. Right away you know this isn’t the Quiet Riot you knew before. While it isn’t a bad song, it’s missing the cunch and punch of the previous openers. ‘The Wild And The Young’ is the new teen anthem and first single. And it’s not a Slade cover! Very good song, big sound, sing-a-long chorus but very clean. No rawness like previous singles, very clean production, good nontheless. ‘Twilight Hotel’ is my favorite song on the album, a great ballad that has a haunting sound. Granted it’s keyboard laden and very AOR oriented, almost like low grade Journey, but it’s very good. This was the second single and video following the MTV-formula: release a rocker, then a ballad.

‘Down And Dirty’ is a good song but the keyboards kill it for me, makes it sound like New Wave  or Pop until the chorus kicks in. Tone down the keys and bring up the guitar and you make it better. ‘Rise Or Fall’ is sugary uptempo filler, a wimp rocker. The main riff of ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ harkens to TURBO era Judas Priest but not as heavy. Is that even possible? That riff sounds like a slower version of the ‘Locked In’ riff. Still, it’s a decent song that retains some of the original Quiet Riot feel.

‘Still Of The Night’ is ballad #2 and it’s not bad but where is the guitar besides the solo? All keyboard and Kevin, even Frankie’s drums are missing. ‘Bass Case’ is a throw-away instrumental, I never understand the practice putting an instrumental to record to fill space. Chuck Wright is a fine bass player but is this really necessary?

Everytime I listen to ‘The Pump’ I hear that Geddy Lee style keyboard a la ‘Tom Sawyer’ but not as ballsy. I always sing the first line of ‘Tom Sawyer’, laugh, and skip it. Bad filler. Out of nowhere comes ‘Slave To Love’ giving off a Survivor feel with a catchy chorus. This is definitely radio friendly but still to sugary sweet compared to the METAL HEALTH days. If you’re going to change your sound then you do it this way…..with keyboards complementing the guitars. The first crunchy guitar shows up on ‘Helping Hands’ but it’s gone as quickly as it comes as the keys take over for the guitar until the solo.

Bottom Line:
A departure from the traditional Quiet Riot party sound. More a combination of AOR, Pop, and Hard Rock than traditional “in your face” Hard Rock. Obviously, the band searching for a direction in a more diverse Rock scene. There are some good songs here: the first four, ‘Down And Dirty’, and ‘Slave To Love’ but they could all use a bigger sound on guitar and drums. The keyboards need to be toned down.

Personally, I like this album due to nostalgia rather than the actual material. I was a big Quiet Riot fan back in the day and I remember reading about the new album coming out in Circus Magazine. I checked the record store every week until it came out. One look at the cover and you think it’s going to be a great album. ‘The Wild And The Young’ got heavy rotation on MTV so I got into it right away. I spin this a few times a year but this album does mark a time of change and a huge downward spiral for a band that were kings of the Rock world 3 years earlier.