Pat Benatar is, without a doubt, one of the best female voices in rock history. On this, her sophomore effort, she comes out with a true hard rock album for the ages.
If you were listening to the radio in the early '80s, then you likely know four of the first five tracks on the album. "Treat Me Right" gets the album off on the right foot with a catchy rocker that demands your attention. "You Better Run" is a hard rock remake of an old song, and it just kicks. Everyone, pop and rock fans alike, knows "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", the classic single that truly brought Pat into the limelight. "Hell Is For Children" is one of the best rock anthems of all time. Pat's handling of such a sensitive issue as child abuse is stunning in the context of this rocking song.
Rest assured, the radio tracks are not the only good ones. Listen to the searing chorus on a song like "I'm Gonna Follow You"--quite a surprise after the comparatively mellow verse. "Little Paradise" and "Out-A-Touch" also rock. In fact, this whole album does. While Pat's voice has over time proven to be beautifully suited for both hard rockers and gorgeous ballads, the rock is what dominates early in her career on such efforts as this. Truly a masterpiece from an all-time great artist. Neil Geraldo also deserves a great amount of praise for his song writing and guitar contributions this album (not to mention plenty of others).