Monday, February 15, 2010

Ratt's Infestation: "Best of Me" CD single review

Ratt are back and sounding better than ever on this single from their forthcoming Loud & Proud/Roadrunner effort Infestation (due April 20).

Former Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo takes credit for the music here and his style meshes seamlessly with guitarist Warren Demartini. From the moment the chunky, melodic riffing of the song's intro kicks in with a sublime DeMartini lead over top, you know you're in for something memorable. It's the kind of music that can appeal to longtime fans without sounding like a retrospective rehash. It's amazing that this veteran Los Angeles act can sound this good after all these years.

Stephen Pearcy's vocals sound timeless as if his voice hasn't aged a bit. He imparts every line with a bit of sly double entendre wit.

And the band's choice of producer Michael Bakette (Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Incubus) seems a bit counter-intuitive but actually works. This is crisp, clean hair metal with an emphasis on amazing guitar and strong songwriting. Here's hoping the whole album bears out this assessment.