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Album Review

If you're looking for bleak lyrics vainly trying to capture human emotion, then Sheriff is not for you. Sheriff is one of those albums that you put in your car on a sunny day for the ride to the beach. The album is light pop and the lyrics never aspire to be more than just plain old fun. The appeal of Sheriff is simple, upbeat, catchy pop melodies. Add the remarkable voice of Fred Curci and you have a winning formula. Curci is one of those rare vocalists who can make you sing along with every track. The pulsating "California" is representative of the band's high-energy approach. Set to a throbbing beat, songwriter and guitarist Arnold Lanni sketches out flashy guitar riffs, while Curci's elastic voice soars through the arrangement. Other tracks that deserve mention are the spirited "Makin' My Way," and "Crazy Without You," which could have been hits. The super-charged "Give Me Rock'n Roll," with it's bombastic finish, is also noteworthy. On the groups one hit, the ballad "When I'm With You," Curci is center stage as his voice gently takes flight at the end of the track. In fact, the note he holds at the end is recognized as the longest in a number one song. Like many good records, Sheriff failed to catch on when it was originally released. Fans of upbeat, '80s pop rock shouldn't miss this album. However, you might want to get your hands on the original vinyl release for several reasons. One is that the band recorded two versions of "When I'm With You." While they are not dramatically different, Curci's vocal ascension up the scale at the end of the track is smoother and more relaxed on the LP than on the CD version. The second reason to grab the LP is that the CD version leaves out Curci's wailing solo at the end of "Give Me Rock'n Roll." Given that the CD is barely 40 minutes long, it is almost inconceivable why the solo was left off. Today, Sheriff remains one of pop music's most enduring novelties. The fact that "When I'm With You" topped the charts seven years after it's release is evidence that the band had something quite special. Grade A.

Customer Reviews

wrong lead singer

I believe the lead singer is Fred Curci, not Arnold Lanni.

Underrated band

This band is so underrated and so forgotten. They have a classic sound, and Arnold Lanni, the lead singer, had another band called, "Frozen Ghost". This band was also underrated and unknown. I hope more people recognize how amazing some of these unknown bands really are. Too many people listen to junk music on the radio, instead of listening to classics that never made it big, but were still just as good as those who did.

Sheriff! Alias!

The Lead singer Fred Curci has amzing talent. I agree you want to sing along with the band. If you like Sheriff then you'd love 'Alias'. It was the next band Fred Curci started and it's better.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Sherriff finally signed with Capitol Records in 1983, four years after forming in Toronto. Though the band released only one album, a self-titled LP in 1983, their single "When I'm with You" reached number one six years after it was released. Vocalist Freddy Curci, guitarist Steve De Marchi, bassist Wolf Hassel, drummer Rob Elliott and keyboard player Arnold Lanni were pressured to...
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