The central themes to RATT's "Dancing Undercover" are mostly these: Have a good time, be sure to have an even better time and, by the way, just have the best time of your life. And all things considered, I suppose there's something a little off kilter with a bunch of macho heavy metal dudes dancing the night away, so perhaps the band was right on target when it named this CD. Thankfully, though, "Dancing Undercover" is a happy median of sorts for RATT, halfway between the gritty metal pop blast of Out of the Cellar but also showing signs of a more commercial direction that would be overly evident on future records. This is the third of RATT's six studio records, and it really does display the band in fine fighting form and nicely hitting its stride.
Stephen Pearcy and the "RATT Gang" always started their CDs off in a fiery, loud, in-your-face manner, and this album is no exception. "Dance," "One Good Lover," "Drive Me Crazy" and "Body Talk" are all sex-crazed, chorus-heavy and self-explanatory tunes just itching to be played in the nearest 16,000-seat arena. The single "Slip of the Lip," meanwhile, is one of RATT's best-ever songs, a slickly worded, truly catchy song that contains honest-to-God groove -- this band's specialty.
Rather than coming off as a letdown, "Side 2" of this CD also boasts great tunes and is, in some ways, a little more musically diverse and interesting. The vibe on the back half of the album is a little less pumped up but the songs are every bit as grabbing -- to the point that they may even exceed the first five songs. Of particular note is another great groover, "7th Avenue," but the screw-`em-all attitude heard on "It Doesn't Matter" is cool, too. "Enough is Enough," the final tune, starts off with Pearcy's stark lone voice coupled with an equally isolated guitar. The song, due to its pleading, slightly desperate tone from Pearcy, is oddly touching despite simple lyrics. It's the closest thing to a ballad on this rock-heavy album, and it may just be, surprisingly, the best song within a slew of 10 greats from the mighty RATT.