(7/10) Ratt was extremely successful in the eighties and records like “Invasion of Your Privacy” and “Dancing Undercover” are excellent examples for how to combine melody, metal and commerciality to something that creates excitement with a wider group of rock fans.
One of Ratt’s success factors is and was their lead singer Stephen Pearcy. Next to being a great front man and entertainer Pearcy also stuck out from the rest with his a bit more mumbling vocals that became a trademark for Ratt.
2017 is the year for the forth solo album of the singer, entitled “Smash”, a disc that was mixed and mastered by bass player Matt Throne and Pearcy himself, with “I Can’t Take It” being handled by nobody less than iconic producer Beau Hill.
The issue with these kinds of records is that they will be mostly compared to early classics, like the two mentioned Ratt records. “I Know I’m Crazy” is the first chapter of this new output and it’s a dark rock song that grooves very well. The tune is a well-chosen opener with a harder chorus while the verse stays gloomy and more silent.A track that brings back the earlier Ratt days is called “Want Too Much” and also “Jamie” is a grooving melodic metal anthem that shows Pearcy at his best.
Unfortunately “Smash” also includes tracks that aren’t real highlights. “Lollipop” and “Dead Roses” aren’t more than standard hardrock song without any thrill.
To conclude, “Smash” is a good and solid hardrock album, featuring with a few songs that come closer to what we know from Ratt. However, there’s light and darkness with some numbers that are more average. In the end “Smash” is an entertaining longplayer that is nice to have – not more, but also not less.
- I Know I’m Crazy
- Ten Miles Wide
- Shit Down Baby
- Dead Roses
- Hit Me With a Bullet
- Want Too Much
- What Do Ya Think
- I Can’t Take It (Album Version)
- Passion Infinity
- Summers End
Label: Frontiers Music
Release Date EU: January 27th, 2017