Da Peace Dogg | Hollywood, California - livin' humble | 07/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The song "Put Up or Shut Up" from this record says it all...my boys from QR know what's up. If you don't own this record, you probably don't know rock. And if you don't know rock, then you should probably just put your headphones back on and finish up your lame Radiohead album. QR is the real deal, folks, a better band than most. I'D CHECK IT OUT!!!!"
The best QR album
Allister Fiend | Baltimore, MD United States | 06/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm probably in the minority here, but I really think QRIII is the best album this band ever did (Metal Health is a close 2nd, though). It's also their most "pop metal" album, featuring more keyboards and de-emphasizing the guitar a little bit.
The whole first half of this disc is incredible, especially "The Wild & the Young," & "Twilight Hotel." Chuck Wright's bass solo "Bass Case" is pretty cool, as well. If you like QR, you probably already have this, but if you're new to the group, this is a great album to add to the collection."
Cool keyboard departure for a fine band
William Matson | Maine | 12/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This isn't quite the same as traditional Quiet Riot but still cool nonetheless. The songwriting and style is pretty much the same there is just an abundance of keyboards and synthesizers trying to give a modern (at the time) sound similar to Night Ranger, Autograph and Danger Danger (who would emerge at the end of the 80's).If you like any of their stuff, you should dig this QR album. Even though I find it to be a blast, first time listeners who are only familiar with Metal Health or the other stuff should listen before buying."The Main Attraction" is a cool keyboard song, one of the best faster-paced songs on the album and a great anthem of a chorus. "The wild and the young" was the first single, cool stuff, speaking out against censorship with the song and video. Not as good as the remake they did for the 'Alive and Well' cd but still quality nonetheless."Twilight Hotel" is the second single and a cool ballad type song and a fine video! One of the band's best ballads. "Down and dirty" has a sleazy vibe to it even behind all the synths and keyboards. "Rise or fall" sounds almost like a lighter version of a Scorpions or Accept song. "Put up or shut up" is likely the only setback on the disc having the worst lyrics but still pretty good. "Still of the night" (not the Whitesnake song) is another fine ballad, similar to something Whitesnake might have done :) "Bass Case" leads into "The Pump" another fine groove with a bit too much synths and keys but still cool. "Slave to love" could have been on 'Condition Critical' if there was a bit more guitar to it. "Helping hands" was originally written for an album to benefit charity but never used, some positive lyrics about changing the world, may sound a little dated but it has a great chorus and a good message that no one likes to say anymore.Although a few of the lyrics are similar to typical 80's fare ("Put up or shut up"), Kevin DuBrow and the guys are quite intelligent. They do put a nice twist on words which makes you think a little bit more, such as "Twilight Hotel." Fine 80's hard rock, much better than most reviewer give it credit for, this got bashed only because it was a change from 'Metal Health.' It was obviously no comparison but if any other band had done it, it would have gotten better reviews. Granted, there could have been less keyboards and synthesizers in more places and some more guitar. But Kevin (vocals), Frankie Banali (drums), and Chuck Wright (the guy who played the majority of the bass on Metal Health anyway) all sound great, so does Carlos Cavazo (guitars) but he got hidden by the producer a lot. Besides, the keys add to some songs (Twilight Hotel, Still of the night, Main Attraction). Pick it up and listen first if you must."
Their best ,most accomplished album
William Matson | 06/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very melodic and very well produced.They added keyboards to the mix, but I think it strengthens the songs."
Quiet Riot falls out of the limelight.
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 12/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I remember when MTV had "The WIld and The Young" in heavy rotation. I was a good catchy anthem. True it was difficult watching Kevin DuBrow wearing that oversized poodle wig without cracking up. The man with no hairline for the last two albums now had Bon Jovi hair times 10!
The album has a couple good songs here and there like maybe "Put it up or shut it up." But this album has a lot to much synth and pop polish for my taste.
There must have been a misgiving with Kevin 'The Mouth' DuBrow because after this album he was tempoarily replaced for the next album 'Quiet Riot'. I heard he had been bad mouthing the prodcuer behind his back when the guy was actually standing behind HIS back!! HA ha, only in Rock n Roll."