Steelheart

Steelheart

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Possessing metal pipes like few before him, the leonine Steelheart yelper Michael Matijevic scarred the airwaves forever when he hammered the simply unmatchable chorus of the hairball "I'll Never Let You Go." Ludicrous and sublime, the sound was roughly akin to Whitney Houston hitting the hot spot in "I Will Always Love You." The opening strands of "Everybody Loves Eileen," another track on this debut effort, bring Ratt out of the cellar before the song curls into a pop n' fresh roller coaster ride. The remaining numbers on this ridiculous dish are also overlong examples of excess, but they're not as memorable, paying homage to Whitesnake and other flailing stylistic ventures. "I'll Never Let You Go" is still available on some quality collections and no aficionado of poodle pomp should let that song go; otherwise, leave Steelheart in peace with the music they helped lay to rest.

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