Decent rock; but is this really Bad Company?
Brad | CT | 05/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album got some decent airplay in the late 1980s on rock stations; understandable, since it fit the sound of the times with that polished, melodic guitar rock sound. Certainly not the best of that genre, but pretty decent. However, it is not at all like the Paul Rodgers-era Bad Company. Brian Howe is now on vocals, and the style is totally different."One Night" is a solid rocker to lead off the album that got some airplay. "Shake It Up" is generic and a marginal song. "No Smoke Without A Fire" is a fine rocking song that got a lot of airplay. The title track is catchy and a lot of fun. "Rock Of America" is a good melodic anthem. "Something About You" is a nice ballad--the only one on the album.I do like this album and its follow-up "Holy Water" of a couple of years later. (The rest of the Brian Howe Bad Company era is marginal in my book.) Just don't expect that classic sound of the '70s but simply some decent late '80s polished rock and roll."
Play it loud in your favorite topless bar!
Bete Noire | Vancouver, Canada | 10/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We are confronted here with a very in-your-face incarnation of Bad Company that owes more to AC/DC than to the Paul Rodgers era;this album comes as a total surprise-great riffs,smokin'grooves,top notch vocals from Brian Howe:one helluva ride!"
Great Album Whether You Like The Idea or Not
David J. Spuria | Webster, Massachusetts | 08/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The opening groove to "Shake It Up" is the tasty beginning to an amazing collection of late '80's hard rock from Mick Ralphs and Brain Howe. The new revamped Bad Company seemed like a joke at first. Their first album "Fame and Fortune" sounded so much like mid '80's Foreigner that the two were almost the same band. But something happened on Dangerous Age. The production got a little more raw. The sweet keyboards were gone. Replacing them were killer power chords masterfully played by Ralphs and sung to perfection by Howe. The combination along with some excellent hooks and some great AOR songwriting make this one of the most memorable products of the period. You may not like the idea of a Paul Rodgers-less Bad Co. hitting stride, but this is a winner. Check out "Shake It Up", "Bad Man", "That's The Way That It Goes" and the amazing "No Smoke Without A Fire". These tunes stick in your brain long after you hear them. This is also one of the most politically incorrect album covers in rock music history. Get this on CD and get the bonus track "excited". This album simply rocks!"