This band have always been known for delivering hard rock tracks with catchy choruses, and rich keyboards all wrapped in their clear tones. While some might claim UH are a poor man’s Deep Purple, I think they have always been able to hold their own against any band. “I Can See You” has a touch of Asia about it. It’s a great little ditty. The rest of album is full of tracks of such class. It's reassuring that this band have released such a consistent effort after so many years. "Bring on the next 40 years", the band seems to be saying.
King Kobra: King Kobra
They are back from a lengthy hiatus, now fronted by Paul Shortino, rather than Mark (Marcie) Free. It was like they never left. This is music that completely and utterly ignores everything that came after the 80s. It's 100% American good time hard rock. Carmine Appice is back behind the drum kit making sure his baby has the proper tub-thumping to back it all up.
Deep, meaningful lyrics are not to be found here. At times KK come across as a bit of an American Whitesnake, like on “You Make it Easy”. Well, if Whitesnake were as much obsessed with partying as they were with horn-dogging and love. I mean, how can you possibly find anything wrong with “Turn Up for a Good Time”. KK are the perfect antidote for all the miserable dross called pop rock these days. Slap this sucker on when you have maxed out on Radiohead and their navel gazing ilk.
It's great to see this band back in fine form. You will find fewer hard rock releases of this quality. They may be obsessed with having a good time, but no one can fault them for the goods. It's always fun when the ole’ dogs of the genre show up to remind the young ones how it's really done.