Stephen Pearcy - Rat Attack
Stephen Pearcy, does that name ring a bell? No? How about Ratt then? Ok, now your are following me. The band Ratt was formed under the name Mickey Ratt during the very early eighties and became a part of the sleaze scene in Los Angeles. To tell the story of the band would take much too long time but their debut surfaced with the self-titled album Ratt in 1983 and in 1999 their eighth and last album, yet again self-titled, was released. I am not sure how the status of the band is now and the last sign I saw of them was in 2001 as opener for Alice Cooper and Dio and then with Jizzy Pearl on vocals.
I have never been much of a Ratt fan, not then and not now. Ratt has always been a band with a couple of good songs but not much more for me. Stephen Pearcy, the former vocalist of the band, took some help from friends and did new recordings of the old Ratt tracks. My memory of these songs and how they sounded originally has mostly failed me but this sounds harder and the sound is naturally more up to date. But even if they have a fresher sound, the songs are basically the same. As far as I can tell, they stay close to the originals and time hasn't been kind with the works of Ratt. The music feels out of date and the eighties slaps you in its face whether you like it or not, but these songs are not as good as they was then, and as I said, I wasn't even a fan then.
And to be honest this should have been done by the original line-up rather then by Stephen Pearcy and guests. A best of with re-mastered tracks would have been better than this as it would have felt more genuine. I don't know what was the purpose for Stephen to do this album, but I am sure he must have had a few good reasons.
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