10 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

1986’s Dancing Undercover was Ratt’s third consecutive platinum album in as many years, but the good times couldn’t go on forever. The album shows signs of Ratt’s concession to a younger, more sugary form of pop metal, embodied by Cinderella and Poison. “Looking for Love” and “Enough Is Enough” are more blatantly poppy than anything Ratt had done in the past, while “7th Avenue” and “Take a Chance” also show signs that the band was kowtowing to trends. Fortunately, the majority of Dancing Undercover hews to Ratt’s original vision. “Dance” is the band’s best single since “Round and Round,” and “Body Talk” is a ferocious attack that is nonetheless catchy. “One Good Lover,” “Drive Me Crazy” and “It Doesn’t Matter” show that Ratt still believed that hair metal should be sneering and gritty — of the Sunset Strip bands, only Mötley Crüe shared that conviction. In a few years, everything would change, even Mötley Crüe. That leaves Dancing Undercover as the third part in Ratt’s glorious hair metal trilogy, one of the most impressive runs in mid-'80s hard rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

1986’s Dancing Undercover was Ratt’s third consecutive platinum album in as many years, but the good times couldn’t go on forever. The album shows signs of Ratt’s concession to a younger, more sugary form of pop metal, embodied by Cinderella and Poison. “Looking for Love” and “Enough Is Enough” are more blatantly poppy than anything Ratt had done in the past, while “7th Avenue” and “Take a Chance” also show signs that the band was kowtowing to trends. Fortunately, the majority of Dancing Undercover hews to Ratt’s original vision. “Dance” is the band’s best single since “Round and Round,” and “Body Talk” is a ferocious attack that is nonetheless catchy. “One Good Lover,” “Drive Me Crazy” and “It Doesn’t Matter” show that Ratt still believed that hair metal should be sneering and gritty — of the Sunset Strip bands, only Mötley Crüe shared that conviction. In a few years, everything would change, even Mötley Crüe. That leaves Dancing Undercover as the third part in Ratt’s glorious hair metal trilogy, one of the most impressive runs in mid-'80s hard rock.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
76 Ratings
76 Ratings
Ansonee ,

Screw the iTunes "official" Review

RATT is RATT...plain and simple!!!

Love it or leave it...period.

DaveMustaine ,

Ratt and Roll!

in the 1980's, hair metal was huge! you go to the trubador or the rainbow on a friday and there would be SWORMS of people there passin out fliers for you to come see their shows. all bands had to do that in the begging. and one of the bands whose show you could go to and have a good time was ratt. they were amazing. and they still are

R.I.P Robbin Crosby

p.s. itunes, you have to put up the album invasion of your privacy. it is awesome as well. and im pissed of that you havent already

Mikesr1963 ,

Rare album where all the songs are good.

Listen for yourself.

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