Just a mere look at the line-up of Rated X is sufficient enough to make you run on the nearest record store or just click the right buttons on your pc and purchase the debut album by this super band. You see, the sheer mention of the musical outfits that comprise the CV of the Rated X members cause vertigo! Take a big breath: Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Malmsteen, Sunstorm κτλ.), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Blue Murder, King Kobra, Ozzy κτλ.), Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, Whitesnake, The Firm) and Karl Cochran (Ace Frehley). If I had to use only two words: musical ecstasy!
But, is this debut album worthy of our anticipations? In other words, does it meet our expectations? For starters, all the 12 songs of the album project an undeniable quality and a flawless performance by all the band members…but, this was something that we expected. The overall musical style is definitely blues rock with a slight modern touch on the production. Personally, it reminded me of the style of Turner’s solo albums “Holy Man” and “Slam”. Maybe, the careful listener will trace some very scarce Deep Purple elements (“Slaves and Masters” era). Personally, I’d love a more melodic/AOR approach on this one while we have been treated with a more refreshed voice by Joe Lynn Turner.
All in all, I’d expected far more things by Rated X. The songs are really qualitative but it’s not like they blow your mind or something. As they say, diamonds are forever but also, what glows in the dark isn’t always gold!
Highlight: I’d love to see this band live on stage…