THIS WEEK’S NEW ALBUM RELEASES

 

Stephen Pearcy
Smash
3 1/2 STARS
It’s hard to understand if Ratt is back together right now. They might be, kind of. Maybe they’ll even have new material in the near future. For now, though, this solo effort from founding member and frontman, Pearcy, will do. And it ain’t bad.

 

 

Krokus
Big Rocks
2 1/2 STARS
Historically, Krokus has always done a fine job with cover songs. An entire album full of them probably wasn’t necessary and yet, here we are.

 

 

Jack Russell’s Great White
He Saw It Comin
3 STARS
Another hair band with multiple versions, here. All of this stuff can be difficult to keep track of. Two things are certain: Great White has been around for forty years and this record should works just fine.

 

 

 

Japandroids
Near to the Wild Heart of Life
3 STARS
Big rock anthems are the best way to garner attention, and this Canadian act does it very well on their latest record. With only eight tracks to showcase, it was important to break things up. And they did just that with tracks like “I’m Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner).

 

 

 

Train
A Girl A Bottle A Boat
1 1/2 Stars
If you remember meeting Virginia, it’s probably best to just go back to that memory. Train has joined the Goo Goo Dolls on the assembly line of manufacturing music. It’s sad. But it happens a lot these days. Some might like. More power to you.

 

 

 

Bell Biv Devoe
Three Stripes
3 1/2 STARS
Sometimes sixteen years between records is a good thing. It is here. While the production and sound quality are questionable, the tracks are solid. The music works. Makes you want to jump in your time machine and head back to 1990.

 

 

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