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Duran Duran

Seven and the Ragged Tiger (Deluxe Re-issue)

EMI Records

4 out of 5 stars

My name is not Rio, nor do I dance upon the sand, but I will admit that most of Duran Duran’s albums didn’t have much to offer once you got past the singles. Seven and the Ragged Tiger, released in 1993, is the exception. The band managed to make a dark record that still inspires the chills while retaining their trademark pop swagger. This re-issue is chock full of bonuses like non-album singles and a concert film.

Jackyl

When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide

Big Machine Media

4 out of 5 stars

It was hard to decide if Jackyl’s 1992 self-titled debut was a serious rock record or a novelty release with humor filled songs like “The Lumberjack” and “Down on Me.” What was certain was the album seriously rocked. The same is true here; the whole album is high octane bliss, save the completely unnecessary reworking of the Janis Joplin staple “Mercedes Benz.”

RATT

Infestation

Roadrunner Records

3 out of 5 stars

Ratt’s first album in over a decade makes it sound like the band never missed a beat. Like other Ratt releases, the album as a whole isn’t spectacular but the songs that do achieve lift-off — like the first single “Best of Me” — are immaculate.

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