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4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings
Buzz5555

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For the hair metal enthusiast, this album is the epitome of greatness. Better than the debut, better than most hair records I've ever heard. This is the pinnacle of their work and one of the greatest albums of its genre.

heart_of_chrome1970

Pure energy!

I love the first Steelheart album but I really believe that this album is better! I can't say it blows the 1st album away because the 1st one is so good but the songs on this album are more uptempo, heavier, and don't rely on Mike Matijevic's vocals as much. The rhythym section really steps up here! Chris Rosala's guitar work really smokes on this album and he even employs a talk box on "Love 'Em and I'm Gone". I have to say that with my Bose headphones, the ballad "Mama Don't You Cry" really comes to life. "Late For The Party" is another great uptemo rocker while the final song, "Dancin' In The Fire" is just slamming! This album is really meant to be heard from start to finish. Again, I love the 1st Steelheart but this one tops it!

thewesterfew

Some Hidden Gems Here

So glad this one is finally on iTunes. While overall not as good as their debut, there are some really good songs here, such as Sticky Side Up. Another one, which is definitely different from their other songs but remains one of my all-time favorites of theirs, is Sweet Electric Love Child.

About Steelheart

Hailing from Norwalk, Connecticut, Steelheart were one of the last pop-metal bands in the late-'80s to score a hit with a power ballad, just before Nirvana and their ilk exterminated the genre completely. Originally called Red Alert, the quartet (which included Croatian singer Michael Matijevic, guitarist Chris Risola, bassist James Ward, and drummer Frank Dicostanzo) spent most of the 1980s playing the tri-state area and honing an energetic act. After years of hard work, the bandmates headed west to Los Angeles, signed with MCA Records, and changed their name to Steelheart.

In 1991, Steelheart released their self-titled debut, most notable for its octave-spanning vocals and a pair of hit power ballads: "Never Let You Go," which reached number 14 on the Billboard singles chart; and "She's Gone," which fared well internationally. The band quickly began work on its sophomore effort, Tangled in Reins, which was released a year later. But tragedy was lurking just around the corner -- at a Halloween show opening for Slaughter at McNichol's Arena in Denver, Colorado, Matijevic was struck in the head by a lighting truss, knocking him to the ground face first and injuring his skull, jaw, nose, and spine. The country's musical climate changed dramatically during Matijevic's recovery, resulting in the band going on an indefinite hiatus.

In 1996 Matijevic put together an all new lineup of the group and released the LP Wait. The album featured the single "We All Die Young," which went on to make an appearance in the 2001 musical comedy-drama Rock Star, with Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character in the movie. Good 2B Alive arrived in 2008, and in 2017 the band issued its fifth full-length outing, Through Worlds of Stardust. ~ Greg Prato

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Norwalk, CT
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