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Quiet Riot - 2006 Rehab

ARTIST: Quiet Riot
ALBUM: Rehab
LABEL: Chavis Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Kevin Dubrow - vocals * Neil Citron - guitars * Tony Franklin - bass * Frankie Banali - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Free * 02 Blind Faith * 03 South Of Heaven * 04 Black Reign * 05 Old Habits Die Hard * 06 Strange Daze * 07 In Harms Way * 08 Beggars And Theives * 09 Don't Think * 10 It Sucks To Be You * 11 Evil Woman (With Glenn Hughes)


After a few less than convincing releases on the Chavis label earlier in the year, it was a surprise to see 80's rockers Quiet Riot return to the spotlight. Twenty plus years after their star shone with their 1983 'Metal Health' album (yes, it dimmed rather badly after that..), one could be forgiven for asking which bright spark flicked the switch that enabled Dubrow and his cohorts to relive history again? And to be honest, does anyone in this day and age actually care? Seems like some people did care. Perhaps someone wanted to relive 1983 all over again. Whatever, like a bad case of watching 'Magnum PI' or the 'Dukes Of Hazzard', Quiet Riot are bought back to life in my living room. Fearing my stereo would rebel against such offerings, I was surprised to find that the electrical wiring is still intact and my stereo still in one piece, plus my physical body is still safely held bound in the 21st century - not time warped back to the early 80's, bedecked with metal studded wristbands and black leather jacket. Phew! Personally, I think the two main instigators here (Dubrow and Banali) got the album title wrong. It should've been called 'Retro', or perhaps 'Retread'. A 70's version thereof. It's easy to pick the influences out on this album. It was easy to pick them out way back in their 80's heyday too. A dose of Led Zeppelin here, a smidgen of The Who there. 'Rehab' chucks a stick at some very heavy bluesy riffs, not heard since.. well, since the Moxy 'V' album back in 2001! Actually, there are probably more recent examples than Moxy, but you get the idea as 'Rehab' has more in common with groove-laden rockers from that timeframe. Kevin Dubrow still has the goods by the sounds of things. A few bottles of Jack Daniels laced with grit has him primed for the delivery of these eleven tracks. In some places he even sounds like Robin McAuley!

The Songs
If you thought Kingdom Come were the ultimate Zep rip-off merchants (and yes.. they still are!), then QR give them a run for their money with 'South Of The Border'. 'Black Reign' is an interesting excursion, going in a direction that only Roger Daltrey and The Who have the map coordinates for. Slowing right down for the ballad 'Old Habits Die Hard', it's as if the band have pulled their black Cadillac over in New Orleans for a tea-break and a piss-stop! Not all the tracks are 'rip-shit-and-bust'. 'Beggars And Thieves' has a southern vibe that'll have you searchin' for the next southbound train! Bassist Tony Franklin brings out the octaver pedal on 'Don't Think'. Those basslines are so deep and rumbly. Love the title and lyrics on 'It Sucks To Be You'.. a retro rocker, with a high-flying but fluid bass line from Franklin. When you hear Dubrow belt out 'it sucks to you.. but it rocks to be me', you know we have a self-esteem problem on our hands here.. lol! The nearly 9 minute Spooky Tooth cover 'Evil Woman' sounded as if it could've been a tedious excursion, but with Glenn Hughes co-singing on this one, compulsory attendance is required!

In Summary
2006 will go down as a watershed year for old rockers to keep on keeping on. What does that say about original young bands bought up in the 21st century? Are they really that talentless to suggest that aging rockers like Quiet Riot and Motorhead stand head and shoulders above their acne covered imitators? I would be so bold as to say.. 'hell yes'. Despite the fact that I don't really give a brass razoo about Quiet Riot (I've never really warmed to them unfortunately after that excellent '83 album), I will give them some respite and congratulate them on a solid return to form with 'Rehab'. It will give them an injection into the future, but I'm pretty certain a larger dose of success is required to sustain them long-term.

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