Rated X - Rated X (Frontiers Music)

On the surface it should be a snorter of an album, and it may be a grower but in the main the listenings have left me overall a little underwhelmed.
Release Date: 
7 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm

We recently saw the debut album for what should shape as a fantastic band in Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Blue Murder), Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake) and Karl Cochran (Nuclear Assault) who have joined forces to give the world Rated X. With the pedigree of the musicians you know they will deliver a more than competent performance but do the songs have the magic that can make them tunes that you want to revisit time and time again?

The jury is still out on that. There’s nothing new to hear here, it’s an album by legends that at times sounds kind of tired and almost phoned in. Maybe it’s just that it hasn’t been the first album I’ve listened to in each session and it doesn’t compare favourably to the previous listen. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this album that just doesn’t have me excited for repeat listens.

As you would expect there’s certainly some great playing on this album, from all the guys, and Joe delivers some memorable vocal performances but it just doesn’t feel like a ‘band’ to me at times. And perhaps this is the where my unease comes from.

The album sounds like so many other projects that the various players have been involved in. Sure that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Carmine himself is on the record as saying it sounds like Blue Murder with Joe Lynne Turner singing. I see where he’s coming from with that statement but I’d liken it to more like Damn Yankees than Blue Murder.

If you’re into the players and like the bands that they have played with in the past then you’ll dig this album. It’s got a couple of pretty dope songs on it but there’s a couple of tunes that are just padding going on between those tunes. I don’t know that it’s going to garner many new fans though; it’s at best PG (or MA15+).