4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitive 80s Hair Band, July 13 2003
Ratt gained serious attention in the 80s with the release of "Out Of The Cellar". They defined the L.A. rock club scene with both their attitude and guitar-heavy sound while establishing that they could write catchy hooks in addition to identifiable guitar riffs. Tunes like "Round and Round", "Wanted Man", and "Back For More" hit the MTV generation with an energy that was rare and well needed at that point in 80s music.
Along came "Invasion Of Your Privacy" and Ratt further established their credibility as a rock band to be reckoned with. The production on this second effort makes this entire album distinctive; even today the songs stand out with their energy and strong vocal presentation. Start to finish this album does not let up. Noticable tracks like "You're In Love" and "Lay It Down" make Ratt a necessity when building your 80s Hair Band collection. Also included here are excellent rockers like "Never Use Love", "Give It All", "What You Give Is What You Get" (my favorite Ratt tune), and "Dangerous But Worth The Risk".
I think it is important to note that Ratt was never a band that was trying to re-invent the rock music genre. Ultimately they were a band who peaked at the right time among the elements of the L.A. club scene and the increasing popularity of such bands on MTV. You will find no thought provoking or strong social messages here, just a lot of sexual innuendo, mascara, killer guitar, and driving bottom end. Ratt is a bright flash in the music timeline. They had a quick stay at the top of the hard rock charts before bands like Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses added fuel to the fire and put some real distance between Ratt and the ever-changing hair band status quo. Do yourself a favor and check out this disc. A great effort from a great (and not forgotten) 80s hair band!
If 80s Rock is your thing I also recommend: Y&T (Meanstreak), King Kobra (Ready To Strike), Motley Crue (Theater of Pain), Krokus (Headhunter), Whitesnake (Slide It In), and Winger (Winger).