Monday, March 14, 2011

Classic melodic rock CD of the week

By Stephen Kasenda

KIX "Hot Wire" (1991)

“Hot Wire" is the last Kix album released by Atlantic Records in 1991. At that time, Kix was in financial trouble due to the poor sales and finally dropped by the label when the grunge arrived. Even though this album failed to match the sales of their previous album “Blow My Fuse”, "Hot Wire" was still acclaimed as a strong release by this East Coast glam act.

If you like the fast-paced, AC/DC guitar-driven rock and roll style, you will love this album, especially the high-speed rebellious "Hot Wire", "Girl Money", and "Rock and Roll Overdose". The razor-sharp guitars of the duo Forsythe-Younkins sound crisp and clean, the solos are fabulous, and Whiteman's voice is wickedly fine. To compare the ballads, in my opinion, "Tear Down The Walls" is the best song they ever made over their entire career and way better than the famous "Don't Close Your Eyes", and this could be one good reason for you to rush out and buy this album. The whole album kicks some serious ass and highly recommended!

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