ARTIST:

QUIET RIOT

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS

(2019)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, High-pitched vocals, Old School
"In spite of a good start and good intentions combined with a flawless interpretation, "Hollywood Cowboy" lacks the few ingredients necessary to a success that has been shunning the Americans for a good twenty years."
LOLOCELTIC (05.02.2020)  
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At the time of writing, the news is not good for Quiet Riot. It was in September that we learned that James Durbin, singer of the band with whom he had just recorded his second opus, was leaving the Californian band to be replaced by Jizzy Pearl. But, as if this news reviving the chronic instability of Quiet Riot's line-up wasn't enough, it's now Frankie Banali's turn to announce a sad news since the drummer, now leader of the band, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Despite these twist of fate, Quiet Riot is still here and offers thus 12 tracks interpreted by a singer who is no longer part of the band. It's a shame because James Durbin's vocals are quite typical of the 80's, which fits well with the compositions anchored in this period that saw Quiet Riot triumph. His high-pitched notes are mastered and reinforce the power of some tracks like the rough 'Don't Call It Love' which opens the hostilities with efficiency, or a virile and unifying 'Heartbreak City'. The man is also able to show his feeling on the calm moment of the album, the bluesy and mid-tempo ballad 'Roll On'. He is joined by Alex Grossi who offers a nice solo as on many other tracks. The latter even thinks he's Eddy Van Halen for the time of 'Insanity' with its gleaming, extended introduction and incendiary tempo.

The other member who attracts the listener's attention is once again Frankie Banali, who remains faithful to his famous barbarian's strikes but which doesn't lack technique for all that. Listen to him on 'Last Outcast' to get a clearer idea of the sound identity of the band's historic drumer. All this, combined with some good groovy tracks ('In The Blood') and some catchy choruses could give a result that is finally worthy of the Quiet Riot story. Unfortunately, many of the tracks start off well but quickly go round in circles, offering a feeling of linearity that flirts with boredom and even indifference on a finale that no longer manages to hold the listener's attention.

In spite of a good start and good intentions combined with a flawless interpretation, "Hollywood Cowboy" unfortunately lacks the few ingredients necessary to a success that has been shunning the Americans for a good twenty years. Apart from the extra-artistic elements evoked in the introduction, this is all the more regrettable that with a bit more inspiration, most of the tracks should have been more catchy by benefiting from some additional variations. It's not this time that Quiet Riot will regain its former lustre.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Don't Call It Love - 4:05
02. In The Blood - 3:28
03. Heartbreak City - 4:15
04. The Devil That You Know - 2:40
05. Change Or Die - 3:23
06. Roll On - 5:54
07. Insanity - 4:44
08. Hellbender - 3:20
09. Wild Horses - 3:10
10. Holding On - 4:23
11. Last Outcast - 2:35
12. Arrows And Angels - 2:56

LINEUP:
Alex Grossi: Guitares
Chuck Wright: Basse
Frankie Banali : Batterie
James Durbin: Chant
   
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