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Ratt – Infestation: Review

On April 20, the latest album by the glam metal band Ratt was released. The album is entitled Infestation, and it is the first Ratt album released in over a decade. Though the past few of the band’s albums have been met with negative criticism, this one certainly won’t be. It is not a spectacular release, but it is a strong way to return to the music scene.

The Music (rating: B)

  1. Eat Me Up Alive
  2. Best of Me
  3. A Little Too Much
  4. Look Out Below
  5. Last Call
  6. Lost Weekend
  7. As Good as It Gets
  8. Garden of Eden
  9. Take a Big Bite
  10. Take Me Home
  11. Don’t Let Go

The album is a rather typical glam metal album. Like most music of the genre, it is actually closer to hard rock than metal, though I suppose the image of dirty, long-haired men says otherwise. But Infestation has a similar feel to some of Ratt’s earlier material, which in reality is not notably heavy. It is also somewhat comparable to other glam stars such as Mötley Crüe. The record basically stays in familiar territory in terms of overall style.

Like the large majority of glam albums, there is a collection of catchy riffs and vocals supported by relatively simple bass and drums. The lyrical themes are also somewhat shallow, often sung about women and other generic topics. Infestation is heavily geared towards radio airtime, which is a negative aspect in my opinion. Because of this, it does not sound unique enough to last in the long run. However, the amount of radio exposure it will get will surely earn them fans from the general music population.

In my opinion, the only remotely commendable musical aspect in the album is the guitar. The riffs are somewhat creative and the solos are well-done. Still, like every other aspect in the album, it is quite ordinary. The instruments offer very little aside from easy listening, and the musicianship embraces the basics in terms of song structures and rhythms. Being impressed is a rare occurrence, but simple enjoyment is plentiful.

For the casual music listeners, this is an enjoyable album. However, it is much too simple and generic for intent listeners to gain anything appreciable from. Infestation is filled with temporary radio hits, but none will be able to last like the band’s classic, “Round and Round”. This album is one that will sell, but not one that will last.

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