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Keel - 2010 Streets Of Rock And Roll

ALBUM: Streets Of Rock And Roll
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Ron Keel - vocals * Marc Ferrari, Brian Jay - guitars * Geno Arce - bass * Dwain Miller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Streets Of Rock And Roll * 02 Hit The Ground Running * 03 Come Hell Or Highwater * 04 Push And Pull * 05 Does Anybody Believe * 06 No More Lonely Nights * 07 The Devil May Care (But I Don't) * 08 Lookin' For A Good Time * 09 Gimme That * 10 Hold Steady * 11 Live * 12 Brothers In Blood



The hair metal era of the mid 80's threw up a slew of bands. If you lived in Los Angeles, then this is where it was all happening. The five piece outfit Keel were one of these, borne from the band Steeler with lead singer Ron Keel the focal point. Their pix were all over the magazines back in the day, their videos on MTV. For some reason, I never quite got into this band as others did. The same could be said for Black N Blue and Rough Cutt - I owned all the LP's but they never ventured out onto my turntable that often. In the new century, Keel have proven to be survivors. Classic rock get-togethers such as Rocklahoma have given a new lease of life to many bands, and those with the inclination to relive their youth - albeit with receding hairlines and expanded waistlines (not in Keel's case, they all look in good nick!), they have headed back into the studio to renew their vows to guitar picks, guitar strings, drum sticks and microphone leads. No surprise then that Keel have done exactly this. Ron Keel has been busy in recent times, firstly with Iron Horse, and also a handful of solo projects. The new album 'Streets Of Rock n Roll' also represents Keel's 25th anniversary, and a reasonable effort it is too!

The Songs
Keel rediscover the formula of anthemic arena rock, but it's not as if these guys reformed just yesterday. They've been playing a few select dates over the last couple of years. The twin-barrelled guitar work of Brian Jay and Marc Ferarri is pretty much as it was, so too Ron's rough n ready vocal style. The major difference is the distinct lack of 80's metalness (for want of a better word), 'Streets Of Rock N Roll' has an organic flavour to it, and sounds nowhere near in style to 'The Right To Rock' or 'The Final Frontier'. Most of the songs worked for me, but in particular, 'Hit The Ground Running' with its high-flying lead guitars, 'Looking For A Good Time', plus I really enjoyed the southern/countrified hard rock of 'Does Anybody Believe'. Though it might have a bit of the Jovi-ism's contained within it, the song is a testament to Ron's Tennessee roots, and perhaps also his foray into country with his other band Iron Horse. 'The Devil May Care' is another decent rocker with a nod to AC/DC I would suggest, while the riffs are solid and churned out on 'Gimme That', a grinding rocker guaranteed to get the feet stomping.

In Summary
All in all a decent affair, and that's coming from someone who never really got acquainted with the band back in their heyday. I do like how there is a southern/country angle to Keel's new sound. Don't worry, the boys haven't discovered Blackhawk, Diamond Rio or Restless Heart, thankfully Keel know how to keep it down and dirty. Like a few of the new 2010 releases, this one is not really well suited to me, but I appreciate what they are doing, and they're well worth having a listen to.

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#1 | dangerzone on March 04 2010 16:05:36
Doesn't sound like I expected it to, but I shouldn't be surprised. Still like to give it a listen for old times sake.
#2 | MUSCLE on April 10 2010 17:05:15
man this album is a right choice slice of traditional american heavy metal. havent heard the likes of it for years. impressive stuff. the tracks 'come hell or high water' 'no more lonely nights' and 'brothers in blood' for instance remind me of the early 80's when bands such as manowar icon tt quick Q5 and of course keel led the charge with that very particular american macho man style of heavy metal. Thumbs Up
#3 | dangerzone on April 10 2010 23:35:14
This album is in the traditional Keel style circa 1985. Like Ratt they haven't lost a step.

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