Album Review: RATED X – Rated X

Frontiers Records [release date 10.11.14]

Rated X are another one of Frontiers’ all-star bands featuring some big names from the past. Who do we have here then? Well the well-travelled Joe Lynn Turner features on vocals, two-thirds of the original classic Blue Murder line-up, namely Carmine Appice and Tony Franklin, on drums and bass respectively and then the relatively unknown Karl Cochran on guitars (he has featured in Joe Lynn Turner’s solo band for a while now).

The problem with these manufactured super groups is that they often sound flat and uninspired…unfortunately this one most definitely falls into that category.

Only the bluesy This Is Who I Am with its sing along chorus and final track Stranger In Us All stand out at all. Epic number Lhasa starts off by sounding like a clone of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and then just wanders along for a full 7 minutes.

The quality of the musical ability on show cannot be faulted and as usual Joe Lynn Turner throws everything into his vocal but it’s the songs that fail to live up to their potential…there is nothing original on show here…it’s all been done a thousand times before…

This one just washed over me but I’m sure it will find its fans out there.

**

Review by Phil Berisford


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COLLATERAL Mr Big Shot (Roulette Media Records)
BABY HUSBAND Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (indie)
OF ALLIES Off The Map (indie)
EXPLORING BIRDSONG The River (indie)
MARISA AND THE MOTHS – Slave (indie)
CATTLE AND CANE I Wish I Knew Jesus (Like I Do)
KING VOODOO Creep (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 28 October (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 UNRULY CHILD Big Blue World (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 REDLINE Gods & Monsters (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 WILDWOOD KIN (Silvertone/Sony)

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