Picks and Pans Review: Condition Critical

updated 09/17/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/17/1984 01:00AM

Quiet Riot

If any further proof is needed that an empty barrel makes the most noise, here's the second record from Quiet Riot, the L.A.-based masters of rock Sturm und Drang. Last year their debut album, Metal Health, bashed its way to the top of the charts. The bad boys are back, with a hyperactive vengeance. The Top 5 single from Metal Health was a cover of Slade's Cum on Feel the Noize (sic). Taking no chances Quiet Riot has borrowed Slade's Mama Weer All Crazee Now (real sic) for Condition Critical. The other nine songs were written or co-written by lead singer Kevin DuBrow, who sounds like Queen's Freddie Mercury laboring under a dose of laughing gas. Most of these tracks—Party All Night, Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet and (We Were) Born to Rock—are played at disconcerting velocity. When the band slows down on Red Alert, it's clear that drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Carlos Cavazo are decent musicians. It's certainly hard to tell otherwise. (Pasha/CBS)

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