Just read both reviews - pretty clear that there's a big divide here. However I'm with the love it crowd. This is not a derivative record or a copy - Quiet Riot was in the forefront of the 80's Californian rock scene and produced some excellent music of the type.
This is their best record and the one that sold by the bucket load. Deservedly so, because the songs are catchy but actually quite heavy in places. Of course we have the brilliant cover of Cum On Feel the Noise but it doesn't end there. Slick Black Cadillac is a real crowd pleaser and Bang Your Head is definitely a class song.
Kevin DuBrow - RIP - had a great rock voice as well. He drives the band sound more than many contemporary's which have more influence from the guitarist. It makes for a unique sound withing the genre.
Overall it's one of the best, rock along records from that period when somehow most things seemed to be sunnier. I'd say that was worth the five stars.
01. Metal Health - The opening track and what a great song! With some really great work from the band. Carlos Carazo's Guitar playing is amazing with a really great solo. Kevin DuBrow sounds great as always. Frankie Banali plays some great drum beats. I think it's actually Chuck Wright (who joined Quiet Riot in 85) playing bass on this track because I remember seeing an interview on YouTube where Kevin mentioned it. Anyway the bass is great and has some cool little fills mid way through the song. Overall a great track
02. Cum on Feel the Noize - This is a cover of Slade's number 1 from back in the 70's. I'm not a huge fan of this track as it kind of leans towards pop but then again I'm not a fan of the original so it doesn't matter who's playing it. This was the track that made the Metal Health album so popular and a lotto people like it so keep an open mind I guess. However the guitar solo on this track is probably the best on the album! Carlos Cavazo Rips!
03. Don't Wanna Let You Go - this is quite a slow track. I don't know what to say about this track. It's ok but not the best.
04. Slick Black Cadillac - Quiet Riots signature tune from when Randy Rhoads was in the band. This is quite a repetitive track but it's still great and you can't help but sing along. This differs slightly from the original version but is still pretty much the same.
05. Love's A Bitch - WOOO one of my favourite tracks on the album! Starts of slow with some cool guitar from Carlos and great Vocal work from Kevin then bursts out into a really catchy song! Great throughout and definitely a highlight of the Album. This track was also a regular on Quiet Riots live set and sounds great live!
06. Breathless - this is quite a fast track with some great drum work. However I'm not a fan of the chorus to this track but still not bad.
07. Run For Cover - another fast track with a cool riff.
08. Battle Axe - this is a 1:39 guitar solo which is a string of riffs and licks. I like it and sound different from most however the studio version is not nearly as good as it is performed live.
09. Lets Get Crazy - WOOOO! Another one of my favourites! I love this track to death! Its very catchy and all around great song! Again this doesn't sound as good as it does live but still awesome!
10. Thunderbird - this was track dedicated to the memory of Randy Rhoads who died in a plane crash in 82. It's a slow clean track with piano. Not something I'm really into but it's a nice track to remember Randy and Kevin by.
11. Danger Zone - this is a bonus track so I'm guessing it was a B-Side to something. This track was also played live a few times. This track is good like the rest although I can't stand the weird background vocals on this track
12. Slick Black Cadillac Live - A live version of Slick Black Cadillac which again proves that Quiet Riot sound much better live than in the studio.
The lyrics are all good. Easy to pick up and sing along too. The normal rock n roll subjects are covered: Girls, Cars and partying ahaha which A-Ok by me. Kevin Dubrow has a great voice and he singing is great in the studio and live.
Overall this is a great album! with Quiet Riots best tracks on.
It's difficult to review something that essentially killed New Wave and had the landmark factor of metal first number one album in the US. With it opening the door for other Hard Rock/Metal bands of the 80's to get signed and succeed due to record labels taking advantage of the commercial potential of Hard Rock/Metal and trying to replicate the success with there own signed acts. In it's own right it goes down in the history books as a decisive moment for Metal often regard a classic of it's time.
Quiet Riot were on top for only a handful of years with Metal Health and Condition Critical being the main focus in there short history of success as years later they would suffer from poor albums sales and line up changes that they to this day have never recovered.
So when we get to the songs themselves Metal Health (Band Your Head) and the Slade cover Cum On Feel the Noize. The main singles and strong tracks on the album the rest despite being at a level of decency don't live up to first two tracks. But saying that Metal Health as a whole body of work is something I recommend considering songs like Love's A Bitch and Don't Wanna Let You Go are strong contenders and certainly do prove that Quiet Riot can walk the walk and talk the talk. Despite there very short lived success. Being overtaken by bands like Motley Crue and Ratt. Quiet Riot made history for metal music like them or not.
"Excellent CD from a bygone era, I bought this originally on Vinyl - many years ago when it was first released - 1983!!! Took me right back to those 'younger days' - great times!! The songs on this CD are excellent & I can listen to 'em over & over again! - This album is in my opinion a 'timeless classic' - one to go down in Metal History!! Buy it!!!
Great and enjoyable album, with very good songs like 'Metal Health', 'Slick Back Cadillac' and 'Run For Cover'. Sounds great, DuBrow's vocals is outstanding, i love the artwork. Highly recommended for heavy and glam metal fan.