Picks and Pans Review: Invasion of Your Privacy

updated 08/05/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/05/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Since its release last year, Ratt's debut album, Out of the Cellar, has sold nearly three million copies. And though 1985 doesn't look to be the banner year for hard rock that 1984 was, this medium metal quintet from L.A. should continue to do well because its members are more than leathered mannequins. Their twin towers of hammerhead guitar, Warren De Martini and Robbin Crosby, have a distinctive enunciation to their playing even though they sometimes get out of control. You're in Love, for example, has a tempo as run-amok as a ski trip down the side of Mount Everest. In general Ratt manages to take the simple seesaw rhythm of hard rock and work it to good advantage, as on the tunes Never Use Love and Between the Eyes. The group is also smart enough to recognize its expressive limits. (When it tries to go beyond its basic one-dimension sound, as on the softer Closer to My Heart, the effect is mawkish.) While lead vocalist Stephen Pearcy is a shouter in the metallic tradition, he avoids the squealing quality of some of his confreres. Invasion of Your Privacy moves along briskly, in part because producer Beau Hill segues the songs into one another. Yet it's possible to distinguish where one selection ends and the next begins, which is in itself a big compliment for a band as unsubtle as Ratt. (Atlantic)

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