Back in 1988, Kevin Dubrow got fired from Quiet Riot. Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali carried on with former Rough Cutt singer Paul Shortino.
If Quiet Riot had any momentum left in the 80’s, this CD probably killed it. Paul Shortino’s singing style was a radical departure from the metal screams of Dubrow. Shortino is more of a bluesy style of singer. His vocals on this self titled album are actually pretty good, as they were on the Rough Cutt records.
This disc is certainly heavier than the previous album with Dubrow, QRIII. This album is less keyboard centric, and more of a guitar rock album.
Some of my favorite cuts are Stay With Me Tonight, King of the Hill, and The Joker.
In 2008, this album is solid enough to stand on its own. It will never be my favorite Quiet Riot album, but I am still able to play this one, and get a little enjoyment out of it. If you can get over the fact that this is a Quiet Riot album, you might actually like this.
This disc is out of print, but you can still find copies on Amazon.com and Ebay.
Rating:Out 0f 10
1. Stay With Me Tonight
2. Callin’ The Shots
3. Run To You
4. I’m Fallin
5. King Of The Hill
6. The Joker
7. Lunar Obsession
8. Don’t Wanna Be Your Fool
9. Coppin’ A Feel
10. In A Rush
11. Empty Promises
Quiet Riot is:
Paul Shortino – Vocals
Sean McNabb – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitar
Frankie Banali – Drums
Jimmy Waldo (Keyboards)
Jimmy Johnson (Bass)
This disc was not quite as successful, as the U.S. debut, Metal Health, but still managed to sell over 3 million copies.
I must admit that it has been quite some time since I have dusted off my copy of Condition Critical. This disc is a solid, but not stellar effort by the Quiet Riot crew of Kevin Dubrow, Carlos Cavazo, Rudy Sarzo, and Frankie Banali.
The songs Mama Weer All Crazee Now, and Party All Night are two of Quiet Riot’s biggest anthems ever, and are favorites of mine.
Stomp Your Hands, Clap your Feet is pure 80’s cheese. I can live without this song.
Winners Take All was Quiet Riot’s lone attempt at a power ballad on Condition Critical. I never have liked this song, and still dont.
The guitar sound on Condition Critical sounds a lot like a few of the songs Ozzy was releasing around the same time period. I can definitely hear Randy Rhoads influence on Carlos Cavazo on this song. I actually like it more today, than when I picked this disc up years ago.
Scream and Shout is one of the heaver songs on Condition Critical, and a pretty good one at that.
After listening to Red Alert again, I am surprised that Quiet Riot didn’t release this song as a single. It isn’t an amazing song, but could have possibly been a modest hit for the band back in the ’80’s.
Carlos Cavazo’s guitar playing is the highlight on Bad Boy. This track would just be average if not for his excellent guitar licks.
(We Were) Born To Rock is another throw away track to me.
Condition Critical is not the best rock record you will ever listen to, but its far from the worst. The hits on this record make up for some of the more average sounding tracks. Carlos Cavazo’s playing makes this a disc worth checking out.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sign Of The Times
2. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
3. Party All Night
4. Stomp Your Hands, Clap Your Feet
5. Winners Take All
6. Condition Critical
7. Scream And Shout
8. Red Alert
9. Bad Boy
10. (We Were) Born To Rock
New Quiet Riot in 2006? who would have thought these guys would still be around.
This lineup on the CD includes Kevin Debrow on vocals, Frankie Banali on the drums, Tony Franklin on bass and Neil Citron on guitar.
Whether you will like this release or not is highly dependent on how much you like Kevin Dubrow. To me, Dubrow’s voice is like a fine wine. You may have to savor it, in order to like it. Unfortunately, I am a beer drinker, and I do not enjoy wine.
I really enjoyed a lot of Quiet Riot’s past material, but haven’t really heard anything since QRIII that has excited me too much. Rehab has not changed my opinion.
Musically, Rehab comes across as a classic rock sounding record. The music is good, but Debrow’s voice does not work well with the music being played here. There are too many mid tempo, modern rock songs. Gone are the stadium anthems of Quiet Riot’s past that made them so popular.
Here is a breakdown of the tracks: Free is a mid tempo almost modern sounding rock song with an occasional guitar squeal. Tony Franklin’s bass is quite audible here. It isn’t a good enough song to start this disc off with.
Blind Faith is another mid tempo rock song, and is rather forgettable. South of Heaven sticks with the mid tempo rock formula. It is a tad bit better than the first two songs, but its not enough to stop the tail slide.
Black Reign ups the tempo (finally). You can really hear Banalli pounding the drums in this one. This is the best tracks so far.
Old Habits Die Hard slows it back down again. Dubrow croons to this almost blues song with a background choir. I liked this song until the choir chirped in. That ruined it for me. This does not sound like a Quiet Riot song.
Strange Daze once again ups the tempo (thank God). This is one of the heavier tracks on the CD, and probably sounds the most like older Quiet Riot material. Lots of drums and guitars on this one.
In Harms Way goes back to the mid tempo modern rock formula once more. Sounds like filler to me.
Beggars and Thieves is a good song. It is one of the better tracks on this CD. Citron’s guitars finally show up on this track.
I didn’t care for Don’t Think at first. This song may be one that needs to grow on you. Neil Citron shows up more on this one as well.
It Sucks To Be You sounds more like a classic rock song to me, that it does a QR tune. I kind of like this track.
Evil Woman ends this record on a high note and is the major highlight on Rehab. Glenn Hughes shares the vocals with Dubrow, and he really shines here. There are some keyboards on this one, giving this track an almost Deep Purple feel.
Aside from a couple of tracks, the guitars seem to be anemic and the music strays away from what made Quiet Riot so popular. I think the absense of Carlos Cavazo and Chuck Wright really takes away from the Quiet Riot sound. They are greatly missed here. As a whole Rehab comes across as a very average sounding record. I don’t think its going to appeal to a lot of Quiet Riot fans.
Rating: Out of 10
- Blind Faith
- South of Heaven
- Black Reign
- Old Habits Die Hard
- Strange Daze
- In Harms Way
- Beggars and Thieves
- Don’t Think
- It Sucks to Be You
- Evil Woman