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Sweet Cheater - 2006 Eatin' Ain't Cheatin'

Mike Chappel - vocals
Charlie Leger - guitars, harmonica
Tom Flaherty - guitars
Mark Rahilly - bass, keyboards
Tommy Leger - drums, percussion

Here's a recently reformed outfit that lived a life back in the late great eighties. From Boston, Sweet Cheater have all their influences sewn on their leather jackets for all to see. All the usual suspects are paraded with pride: Ratt (obviously.. with a name like Sweet Cheater..), Tesla, Kix and perhaps a little Tora Tora thrown in there for good measure. The band made local waves in the Boston scene, but split around about 1990. As mentioned, the band got together last year after a 15 year absence, and took up arms as if they've never been away. Look, lets not beat about the bush. This band aren't the most original out there, but then again, who is? This set of songs is damn enjoyable, and good on Perris Records (who else I say?) to pick the band up on their roster of releases, which is ostensibly glam-metal with an edge.

The Songs
That Tora Tora comparison can be heard from the outset on the bluesy rollickin' affair that is 'All Fired Up'. A terrific start. Taking the commercial line is the bouncy melodic lines of 'Summer', definitely one for the seasons. Melancholic to a tee is 'One Love', the teary-eyed piano lines makes way for some power balladry further on in the song. Back to the rabble rousing trash talkin' style of this genre is the track 'Moneys Tough', a soundalike from the Faster Pussycat back catalogue. 'Its Our Love' is mainly acoustic, sort of Black Crowes does Gin Blossoms. Despite the comparison, I quite liked this actually. Sweet Cheater show their true potential on 'Dancin' On My Grave', menacing guitars and an attitude to burn. 'Holding Out On Love' is damn fine melodic hard rock, no real shades of glam here. An another acoustic intro sets us on our way with 'I've Got You', which is a sort-of-ballad, but things go out with a bang with the magnificent brooding groove of 'Romina', which really is fuel to the fire, while the choo-choo rock 'n' roll of 'Subway Train' ends things in a blaze of glam-metal glory.

In Summary
One of the features of this album is the excellent drum work of Tommy Leger, who is helped by an excellent production job. Yes, it's glam metal, probably not as we truly know it, and the type of genre we steer clear of. But hey, it was a fun listen! Let's hope the band can maintain their revival, and mix it up in the 21st century.


Track Listing:
01 All Fired Up
02 Summer
03 One Love
04 Money's Tough
05 It's Our Love
06 Dancin' On My Grave
07 Holding Out On Love
08 I've Got You
09 Romina
10 Subway Train


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