ARTIST:

QUIET RIOT

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

GUILTY PLEASURES

(2001)
LABEL:

AUTOPRODUCTION

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Rasping vocals
"Guilty pleasure remains an album that looks back to the past and lacks that little touch of success that makes a great album."
NESTOR (30.07.2010)  
2/5
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After a few albums, including "Terrified" which, without being a revolutionary and exceptional album, nevertheless brought us a certain evolution by presenting us a Quiet Riot a bit darker and more original than in the past, the band comes back with the line-up of the "Metal Health" album. If we're still in a vein quite close to the one explored with "Terrified", we can only notice that the band struggles to fully engage in this path and that it falls a bit in the easy way. Taking the risk to distance itself from its past seems very difficult for the band and it's a good bet that the memory of its past successes continues to hover in the unconscious of its members.

So, if we find a "Feel The Machine" which remains in the line of the previous album, with resolutely dark vocals, sometimes even arranged, and very beautiful guitar parts, we also notice that a lot of tracks are resolutely turned towards the past. Apart from the speed of execution, "Fly Too High" sounds like an acoustic version of "Bang Your Head" that we found on "Metal Health," the two melodies being identical. "Rock The House" seems to be quite close to one of Quiet Riot's greatest hits, namely the cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize". As for "Feel The Pain", the verse seems directly inspired by AC/DC's "What You Do For Money Honey".

This lack of originality is not the only flaw we can find on this record. "Let Me Be The One" illustrates the Quiet Riot case quite well. The song is of quality, Kevin DuBrow makes a real effort not to stick to his usual vocal register, the band is square... But in this case, it's the too important duration of the song that kills it.

However, not everything is bad, far from it, and there are still some very good passages, like the driving "Street Fighter" and its beautiful guitar parts, but Quiet Riot definitely lacks this little touch of magic or class which has always been lacking. With the death of Kevin DuBrow, which sealed Quiet Riot's fate for good, it is a pity that this endearing band has not managed to question itself sufficiently.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Vicious Circle - 05:29
02. Feel The Pain - 05:01
03. Rock The House - 04:47
04. Shadow Of Love - 04:18
05. I Can't Make You Love Me - 05:21
06. Feed The Machine - 04:04
07. Guilty Pleasures - 04:10
08. Blast From The Past - 03:39
09. Let Me Be The One - 05:44
10. Street Fighter - 03:23
11. Fly Too High - 04:55

LINEUP:
Carlos Cavazo: Guitares
Frankie Banali : Batterie
Kevin Dubrow: Chant
Rudy Sarzo: Basse
   
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