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Wildstreet - 2009 Wildstreet

ARTIST: Wildstreet
ALBUM: Wildstreet
LABEL: Retrospect Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Eric Jayk - lead vocals, lead guitars, keyboards, programming * Keith Robert - lead guitar, vocals * Jimmy Marlowe - guitars, vocals * Ali Hassan - bass, vocals * Brian Beck - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wanna Get It On * 02 Hard On You * 03 For So Long * 04 Soldier Of Love * 05 Midnight Gypsy * 06 Open Up Your Eyes * 07 The Fists Of Fury * 08 All The Young Dudes * 09 Soldier Of Love (acoustic)



OMG!! It's the ghost of Def Leppard, and they ain't even dead yet! With a glam image and an attitude to match, Retrospect signing Wildstreet add to an already over-abundance of glam/hard rock bands stuffed into the cupboard that is suddenly looking rather crowded. Actually, I don't think I've been quite as excited by a crossover act such as Wildstreet for quite awhile. It appears that the Wild Ones have drunk at the trough of The Lepps for a bit, to the point of over-indulgence, but considering the boys from Sheffield (or is it Dublin now) haven't put out a decent album in ages, we'll take the next best thing eh? And Wildstreet are more than just the 'next big thing'. From New York City, these guys have produced this 9 track affair themselves, and bloody hell, this has got Mutt Lange all over it - like smelly cheese from the night before! What a massive production, Sam and Aaron must be creaming themselves thinking they've got this lot signed. This could be the best band on Retrospect's roster that is currently active.

The Songs
Slamming drums, organs and huge vocal chants introduce the opener 'Wanna Get it On', outdoing The Lepps and Blue Tears at their own game. Huge sound. 'Hard On You' has a slightly glam/sleaze meets hard rock crossover sound. The handclaps give it a different angle. Track three and we're into ballad territory. 'For So Long' merges Enuff Znuff and The Lepps into a happy melodic marriage fit for radio. Jeff D, you should be giving this some airtime on 'The Edge'. 'Soldier Of Love' is featured twice on the album. This first is a 'Pyromania' flavoured ditty timewarping us back to 1983 on a magic carpet ride. The Second version at the tail of the CD is an acoustic version, its raw nature suggests what these guys are capable of in an unplugged environment. 'Midnight Gypsy' is an instrumental, and sounds glorious in the same era and style as Lepp's 'High And Dry'. Take a listen to 'Open Up Your Eyes' and transport yourself back to 1987 a la 'Hysteria' and tell yourself it isn't so. Well I'll slap you around the head and confirm that it isn't so, but boy, they come so close, you can smell the cigar! The amusingly titled 'The Fists Of Fury' sounds as if it should be included on some future Kung Fu movie, however I can't quite imagine this impressive melodic rocker being played with a thousand Chinamen slapping each other around with flying fists and feet! Paying homage to the great Mott The Hoople is a cover of 'All The Young Dudes'. The sound is crystal clear, with big guitar riffs filling out the spaces, though admittedly sounding nothing like the original, as can be expected.

In Summary
Just leave out all the Lepp comparisons and think of this as a long lost slab of 80's arena rock. Wildstreet are a fun time listen, and I'm just loving what I'm hearing with this lot. Steve Clark would be mightily impressed with these boys if he was still alive. They emulated his wondrous guitar melodies to a tee. I'm not so sure what Messrs Elliot and co think about all of this. Perhaps they should stop mucking around and get back to where it's at! For a bit of incentive and inspiration, they need look no further than up Wildstreet. Highly recommended!

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 14 2009 10:35:15
One phrase that George says above....OMG THESE ARE THE TRUE LEPPS!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaa guns
#2 | gdazegod on April 12 2010 04:31:41
Yeah right, so there aren't a thousand or so Journey and Foreigner clones out there that all sound the same, yet we don't bag them.. I think your comment is a bit of a throwaway generalisation to be honest.
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