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Quiet Riot - 2001 Guilty Pleasures

ARTIST: Quiet Riot
ALBUM: Guilty Pleasures
LABEL: Bodyguard Records
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Kevin Dubrow - vocals * Carlos Cavazo - guitars * Rudy Sarzo - bass * Frankie Banali - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Vicious Circle * 02 Feel The Pain * 03 Rock The House * 04 Shadow Of Love * 05 I Can't Make You Love Me * 06 Feed The Machine * 07 Guilty Pleasures * 08 Blast From The Past * 09 Let Me Be The One * 10 Street Fighter * 11 Fly Too High

Quiet Riot are a rare example of a popular 80's hard rock/metal act who actually sounded better as they progressed with age into the 90's and new millennium. The same couldn't be said of peers like Motley Crue, Van Halen, Poison or Def Leppard, who all released tepid albums in the 1997-2002 timeframe. Quiet Riot reformed their 'Metal Health' and 'Condition Critical' lineup in the late 90's, recording the excellent 'Alive And Well' in 1999, which matched and almost bettered 'Metal Health' and 'Condition Critical' in terms of songwriting and performance. Sales were slight but the 90's were hardly a boom time for any 80's band still trying to make a living after all. 'Guilty Pleasures' surprised me by not only exceeding 'Alive And Well' for hard rock consistency, but became in my opinion the finest album of their career. It appeared all the years of turmoil and in fighting had given the band precious experience into improving the caliber of their music. What a shame they were resigned to a non descript label like Bodyguard.

The Songs
There's one too many ballads amongst the eleven tracks, three to be exact, 'I Can't Make You Love Me', 'Let Me Be The One' and the sadly Ozzy Osbourne inspired 'Fly Too High'. The latter is actually quite effective, even if the Ozzy influence is felt in the music. The rockers are what makes this a stunning workout, as somehow QR managed to retain their 80's sound without succumbing to modern trends. Always gifted with a knack for a perfect opener, 'Vicious Circle' provides an infectious chorus with the riffs metallic and the drumming explosive. 'Feel The Pain' has a definite 80's charm, one having to appreciate the massive chants of the hook. The opening bars of 'Rock The House' are an exact copy of 'Cum On Feel The Noise', and 'We're Not Gonna Take It' for that matter, but it's a sing-along romp that the band made their own in the 80's. 'Feed The Machine' is a double entendre ridden lyric feast, delightfully naughty and all hard rock muscle. The title track can be summed up similarly, while 'Blast From The Past' is the Doobie Brothers 'China Grove' in an altered state, another anthemic crowd pleaser. Heavy metal heights are scaled with the speed metal rampage of 'Street Fighter', an uncontained track which Dubrow once told me in an interview was deliberately written to be another 'Run For Cover' or 'Scream And Shout'.

In Summary
This was the best album of its kind in 2001 and possibly of the decade thus far. It's sad the band imploded a few years later in rancour, with insults hurled mainly in the direction of Rudy Sarzo. Of course the band has been reformed again, minus Sarzo and Cavazo, as DuBrow and Banali attempt to keep the ball rolling. Without the distinctive sounds of the their departed brethren it's doubtful any future recordings will have the impact of 'Guilty Pleasures', which proved at least one band still had a grasp of what true rock was supposed to sound like and entail lyrically: heavy and fun.

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