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Stiletto (Canada) - 2007 Stiletto



ARTIST: Stiletto (Canada)
ALBUM: Stiletto
LABEL: Retrospect Records
SERIAL: RR-314
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Victor Chambray - vocals * Kenny Geatros - guitars * Kevin Williams - keyboards * Joey Alvaro - bass * Ron Baran - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pedal To The Metal * 02 Heartbreak Material * 03 Feel The Beat * 04 Don't Come Cryin' * 05 Don't Look At My Girl * 06 Let Me Take You Home * 07 Runaway * 08 Riding With Stiletto

RATING:


Background
A while back, we reviewed an album by a band called Sharx. From 1985, it was unusual for the fact that most of the band members came from the AOR-tropolis of Bermuda. The guy who impressed us the most on that LP was lead singer Victor Chambray. Well surprise surprise, we find him again singing on an album from Vancouver based AORsters Stiletto, however this effort came out three years before the Sharx album. To add fuel to the fire, Stiletto appeared last year with a retrospective release that came out via Jim Buckshon's Renegade Productions team called 'Spin'. We reviewed that album as well. Band members such as Kenny Geatros, Joey Alvaro, Kenny Williams and Ron Baran all appear on that album (as they do here), but with the exception of Chambray. Stiletto's 'Spin' features another singer in David Steele. If there is one good thing about the two Stiletto albums in question (this Retrospect Records reissue and the 2009 'Spin' CD) is that there is no overlapping with each other's track listing.


The Songs
On this 1982 original release, Stiletto deliver an upbeat happy pop metal sound, somewhere between bands like Visitor, Redvette and in particular Loverboy who were setting the Canadian AOR scene on fire during this timeframe. It's very reflective of that era, and the eight songs here all typify what pop metal/hard rock was all about up in British Columbia during 1982. That's not an endorsement by the way, just an opinion. Opener 'Pedal To The Metal' features keyboard sequences that wouldn't appear out of place on Loverboy's early records, though the overall delivery is less polished, understandably so, but still.. a good start. 'Heartbreak Material' is plagued by a tedious and monotonous plucking guitar riff for the most part, offset only by a brighter chorus with Chambray sounding like Mike Reno. 'Feel The Heat' is slightly better, a tighter sound all round, but the best track follows soon after with 'Don't Come Cryin'. If this isn't a doppleganger for Loverboy, then I don't know what is! More murky guitar riffs abound on both 'Don't Look At My Girl' and 'Let Me Take You Home', the keys add some colour and we get the general idea as to what the band are about by now.. Stiletto have obviously played 'Working For The Weekend' and 'Turn Me Loose' a zillion times. 'Runaway' hs some good ideas, but they overdo the chorus, which makes you really want to runa... you know what I mean. As for the closer 'Riding With Stiletto', the less said about that appalling track the better.


In Summary
I have to say the guitar mix on this album is awful. Geatros could be playing in the next room for all we know. Stiletto have had heaps of musicians pass through their ranks, so they must have done something right during their tenure. Though the songs are of a reasonable quality, this is not a collection of songs that'll have you coming back for more.. unfortunately. Check out 'Spin' for a better selection of songs.


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