Quiet Riot - '10'

 


THE BAND:
Frankie Banali – drums, percussion
Chuck Wright – bass, backing vocals
Alex Grossi – guitar, backing vocals
Jizzy Pearl – lead vocals


TRACK FRAGMENTS:

1.) "Rock in Peace" - This intro opens with a huge Frankie drum fill.  The fill Frankie used to open this intro was very similar to the one he used on Quiet Riot's - 'Bang Your Head' from Quiet Riot's freshman release titled, 'Meal Health.  Over the top of the musical intro there was a minor lead vocal accent.  Jizzy channeled the late Kevin Dubrow for this vocal accent.  After Jizzy's vocal accent there was a minor lead guitar solo.  For the musical verse Alex's guitar riffs were placed in between the lyric lines.  Underneath some of the lyric lines Alex played a small palm muting riff.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  Some of the backings vocal harmonies had almost a pop/rap feel to them.  This really did not fit in with the song's musical arrangement.  There was a lead guitar solo connecting the second and third choruses.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third and fourth choruses.     
2.) "Bang for Your Buck" - This track opened with a rhythm guitar riff.  Since the riff is just repeated twice it really is not a musical intro.  The band kick the song in underneath the opening lyric line.  The lyrical and musical chorus had a huge Quiet Riot sound to them.  There was a single rhythm riff connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  I loved Jizzy's vocals of the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section.  Though short this solo really showed Alex's lead guitar playing.  There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the lyric lines of the third and fourth choruses. 
3.) "Backside of Water" -  There was a vocal accent over the top of this intro.  The rhythm guitar riffs for the verse had a huge hook attached to them.  The backing vocals of the choruses showed the seventies rock influences the band has.  After the second chorus there was an amazing Alex lead guitar solo.  Alex plays several lead guitar licks underneath the lyric lines of the choruses throughout the rest of the song.
4.) "Back on You" - This track was a straight-forward rock 'n' roll song.
5.) "Band Down" - This track was another straight-forward rock 'n' roll song.    
6.) "Dogbone Alley" - This track opened with a very simple intro arrangement.  There was a minor rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The choruses of this track consisted of nothing flashy.  The backing harmonies gave this song a classic eighties hard rock sound.  The lead guitar solo was very laid back and melodic.
7.) "Put up or Shut Up" - Recorded live with the late great Kevin DuBrow.
8.) "Free" - Recorded live with the late great Kevin DuBrow.
9.) "South of Heaven" - Recorded live with the late great Kevin DuBrow.
10.) "Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley - Recorded live with the late great Kevin DuBrow.


     Even though this is actually Quiet Riot's thirteenth studio release the title '10' comes from this being the tenth Quiet Riot CD to feature Frankie Banali.  Who is the only original member of Quiet Riot left in the band from the classic 'Metal Health line-up.  Though Quiet Riot was Kevin DuBrow's band Frankie has gladly carried the torch with respect to the memory of Kevin. 
     '10' consists of six brand new songs and four live songs that feature original lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow.  The six new tracks are the first new songs Quiet Riot has recorded since the passing of Kevin on November 19, 2007. 
     I have to admit when I first read the news back several months ago Frankie hired Love/Hate vocalist Jizzy Pearl as Quiet Riot's new vocalist.  I thought to myself Frankie old friend what in the hell have you gone and done.  Not that I have anything against Jizzy it is just I did not feel he would be an adequate replacement.  Then I heard the sound sample the band released on June 26.  That single sixty-second sound sample completely changed my mind.  I was so impressed with Jizzy's vocals I made a point to stay up that night so I could buy the CD on Amazon at midnight.  There are times when Jizzy sounded so much like Kevin I don't know if even longtime QR fans will be able to tell much of a difference between the two singers, if any at all!  Musically the guys kept the songs pretty consistent to the stuff they were writing on 'Metal Health' and 'QR III'.  This release is for the longtime die-hard QR fan.  If Frankie can keep this line-up intact I don't see anything but great music in the band's future!