Twenty-five years out from the classic Keel album The Right to Rock, vocalist Ron Keel and company brings Streets of Rock & Roll, having signed with Italy's Frontiers Records. Reunions and resurrections of 80's bands have been proliferating for the last decade. It begs the question as to whether some bands should give it another go. In the case of Keel, a band that always seemed to be in the shadow of the headliner, the answer is entirely positive. Streets of Rock & Roll is surprisingly good, a real treat and fine reminder of how good his band was. Ron Keel is in surprising good form on this album, although sometimes he seems to struggle. The songs are built on solid riffs and melodies over an often rowdy and raucous rock 'n roll groove. Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay on guitar deliver some exciting licks. All these elements make for a some rippin' hard rock.
However, you'll need to get past the miserable opener, the title track, and then give the rest of the album a genuine deliberate listen to appreciate it. You'll discover there's some kick ass rock here, and you'll be satisfied. No More Lonely Nights, Hit the Ground Running, Come Hell or High Water, Looking for a Good Time, or Gimme That prove that Keel and band still have fire in their bellies and hard rock in their veins. Even the ballad Does Anybody Believe inspires with Ron Keel showing his passion and resilient vocal strength. Overall Keel's Streets of Rock & Roll is blistering hard rock good time. Time and age have been good to Ron Keel and crew. Hopefully, this will prove to be a more stable resurrection of the band. Very recommended.
Frontiers will be releasing a 25th anniversay addtion of Keel's breakout album The Right to Rock. Produced by KISS's Gene Simmons, this work was the fastest selling album in A&M history at the time. It's solid stuff, and great for fans or anybody who digs the hard rock heyday of the 1980's
Overall Keel's Streets of Rock & Roll is blistering hard rock good time. Time and age have been good to Ron Keel and crew. Hopefully, this will prove to be a more stable resurrection of the band.