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RATED X RATED X REVIEW 2014

 

RATED X - RATED X

FRONTIERS RECORDS

NOVEMBER 7 2014

 

 

When you think of Joe Lynn Turner you think of his long and illustrious career with band like Rainbow and Deep Purple, but the man these days is perhaps as busy as he has ever been, actively involved in a number of side projects. Over recent years our favourite music had come from Sunstorm (his band with Pink Cream 69’s Dennis Ward… until now that is.

 

Rated X is perfect for Turner and with a band that also comprises Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin and
Karl Cochran on guitar where could you possibly go wrong!

 

Starting out with a brace of fiery hard rockers in ‘Get Back My Crown’ and ‘This is Who I am’ in my book at least is wholly worth the price of admission, but there is so much more on this one. Take ‘Fire and Ice’ which simply simmers, the Whitesnake posturing of ‘I Don’t Cry No More’ or the more mystic Blue Murder atmosphere of ‘Lhasa’ it’s all beautifully crafted classic Hard Rock.

 

‘Devil in Disguise’ has that blues DNA that smoulders and really brings out the best in Turner’s voice, again it has that Rainbow/Whitesnake vibe, but throughout is the thought that keeps running through your mind is that ‘these really are class songs’. 

 

If there are alight dips in quality they come next with the heart-warming ‘You Are the Music’ a song which seems to do everything right yet still just miss, ‘Peace of Mind’ that follows though is probably the only song here I couldn’t remember after the first few plays.  ‘Maybe Tonight’ though takes us back to the very top – a great melodic rocker that ticks all the right boxes and gets us firmly back on track (at the moment it’s also our favourite track).

 

The album closes as strongly as it began with ‘On the Way to Paradise’ from the same Hard Rock mould as the openers; ‘Our Love is not Over’ adds  some real emotion and ‘Stranger in us All’ sets up a huge rocking finale: going out like we came in.

 

There have been a few high profile ‘supergroups’ of late, not least Glenn Hughes latest offering ‘California Breed’. On the basis of this album ‘Rated X’ are right up there with them.

 

RATED X
Joe Lynn Turner: vocals
Carmine Appice: drums
Tony Franklin: bass
Karl Cochran: guitar

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

RATED X - RATED X REVIEW 2014