It's not very often you hear rock 'n' roll done the way Kix did it. The band's sound is reminiscent to AC/DC in some ways but they are most certainly not a copy-cat band such as groups like Rhino Bucket were; they have a sound of their own.
'Blow My Fuse' (released in '88) was Kix's breakthrough record which gave the band the exposure it deserved by MTV and caught people's attention. I like this album quite a bit but it does not come close to Kix's best record ever (in my opinion), 'Hot Wire'. This is one of those cds that you can listen from beginning to end without ever thinking of skipping one of the tracks. The sound quality is worlds apart from Kix's other records (they really could benefit from a digital remastering) so there is no problem in this department. 'Hot Wire' rocks hard but was never paid its due because by the time the record label released the album in '91, the radio stations and MTV had moved on with pop (New Kids on the Block), rap (MC Hammer, Kris Kross) and was moving past hard rock and glam metal.
The best tunes on this disc are, by far, the title track "Hot Wire" which is magnificent (probably Kix's BEST hard rockin' track ever in my opinion), "Rock & Roll Overdose" and "Girl Money". The musicianship is fantastic--the guitars, bass, drums, lead vocalist Steve Whiteman's voice is great throughout--and if you like real rock 'n' roll but have never even HEARD of Kix, believe me: they rock! And to top it all off, there is even a wonderful ballad "Tear Down the Walls" which everyone can enjoy when you are not in the supercharged rock mode.
I can assure you, there is not ONE track you will want to skip on 'Hot Wire'; this is one of the best albums I have ever bought in my life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: I cannot recommend an album any higher than this one; it is fantastic.