Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

by Ratt
     
 

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Although often targeted as one of the worst offenders in the much maligned hair metal scene of the '80s, Ratt's distinctive sonic signatures and generally high level of musicianship are often overlooked. Granted, the lyrics are usually vacuous and the music doesn't possess much staying power as the years go by, but, as pop-metal bands go, Ratt

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Although often targeted as one of the worst offenders in the much maligned hair metal scene of the '80s, Ratt's distinctive sonic signatures and generally high level of musicianship are often overlooked. Granted, the lyrics are usually vacuous and the music doesn't possess much staying power as the years go by, but, as pop-metal bands go, Ratt were better than most of their peers. Guitarist Warren DeMartini, in particular, is responsible for some of the most memorable riffs and most masterful solos of the genre. Ratt's fourth album, Reach for the Sky, wisely follows the same formula of the three records that preceded it, yielding some of the band's best material, along with the usual amount of filler. They scored a minor hit with "Way Cool Jr.," (which flaunts a groove Aerosmith would be proud of), and tracks like "City to City" and "No Surprise" also emphasize the band's strengths. But stuff like "I Want a Woman" and "Chain Reaction" demonstrate singer Stephen Pearcy's unfortunate inclination toward dumb rock clichés, a component of Ratt that consistently undermines the musical achievements of the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227989033
catalogNumber:
81929
Rank:
42155

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ratt   Primary Artist
Bobby Blotzer   Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Washboard,Group Member
Robbin Crosby   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Juan Croucier   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Warren DeMartini   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
New West Horns   Horn
Stephen Pearcy   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ratt   Cover Design
Stephen Benben   Engineer
Bobby Blotzer   Composer
Chris Botti   Arranger
Butler   Cover Design
Robbin Crosby   Composer
Juan Croucier   Composer
Warren DeMartini   Composer
Beau Hill   Composer,Producer
Stephen Pearcy   Composer
Kent Smith   Arranger
Mike "Clay" Stone   Producer
Allan Wright   Engineer
Gene Gorman   Sleeve Photo
Kosh   Cover Design
Mike Stone   Producer
Marshall Berle   Personal Manager
Alan Wright   Engineer

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