Whatâs the 4-1-1?
Reissue of the groupâs 1983 album, plus one bonus track.
Melodic rock / hard rock / AOR / classic rock
Thereâs no mistaking that the opening riff to âMean Streakâ represent the rock music scene of the early eighties. Vocalist Dave Meniketti delivers his trademark melodic yet husky vocals, reminiscent of Sammy Hagar & Ronnie Montrose. It should come as no surprise that Dave has collaborated with Ronnie many times. Thereâs nothing flashy or fancy about âStraight Through the Heart,â but itâs still a killer rock track. More of that great Y & T vocal harmony returns for âLonely Side of Town.âThe group chronicles their first-ever trip to Japan on âMidnight in Tokyo.â Even though youâll want to get caught up in the lyrics, itâs Menikettiâs & Joey Alvesâ guitar work that really shine here.
âHang âEm Highâ has Y & T crossing the line from AOR rockers, to heavy metal head bangers as they pump up the distortion, quicken up the riffs, and lay down some pounding drum beats. âSentimental Foolâ has a great pop-rock radio appeal to it, as the arrangement is not too complicated and the group gives it there all vocally. âDown and Dirtyâ is all about the power chord riffage. The bonus track âIâm Not Sorryâ has a darker tone to it, but it still comes off melodic.
Mean Streak was a gateway album for Y & T. It helped the group finally get noticed by American audiences. It wasnât long after this one that Y & T really started cranking out some hits. Although itâs not their strongest album, Mean Streak is still a great rock album by a great hard rock band. Itâs a good representation of that music scene at the time as well.
Did You Know?
Yep, thatâs producer Chris Tsangarides you hear farting at the conclusion of âDown and Dirty.â With the new remastered version, you can hear it clearly in all its glory.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Originally posted by author at Rock-Is-Life.com