10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a superlative three-album run, Ratt was forced to adjust to changing trends in metal for their fourth, Reach for the Sky. To bring new perspective to the band’s sound they hired Mike Stone, who had worked on classic albums for Queen and April Wine. Even though the album was poorly received by fans and critics it contains some of Ratt’s best songwriting and playing. “City to City” and “I Want a Woman” are among the band’s tightest, hottest riffs, and the latter features blazing guitar duel from Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby. While fans criticized songs like “I Want to Love You Tonight,” “What’s It Gonna Be” and “What I’m After” for being too poppy, Reach for the Sky balances its lighter side by offering a generous portion of groaning, nasty blues-rock in the form of “Way Cool Jr.” and “No Surprise.” Meanwhile, “Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You” and “Bottom Line” are no-nonsense headbangers in the mold of “Round and Round.” Reach for the Sky was unfairly dismissed upon its release; in retrospect, it contains some of Ratt’s finest work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a superlative three-album run, Ratt was forced to adjust to changing trends in metal for their fourth, Reach for the Sky. To bring new perspective to the band’s sound they hired Mike Stone, who had worked on classic albums for Queen and April Wine. Even though the album was poorly received by fans and critics it contains some of Ratt’s best songwriting and playing. “City to City” and “I Want a Woman” are among the band’s tightest, hottest riffs, and the latter features blazing guitar duel from Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby. While fans criticized songs like “I Want to Love You Tonight,” “What’s It Gonna Be” and “What I’m After” for being too poppy, Reach for the Sky balances its lighter side by offering a generous portion of groaning, nasty blues-rock in the form of “Way Cool Jr.” and “No Surprise.” Meanwhile, “Don’t Bite the Hand That Feeds You” and “Bottom Line” are no-nonsense headbangers in the mold of “Round and Round.” Reach for the Sky was unfairly dismissed upon its release; in retrospect, it contains some of Ratt’s finest work.

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