Stephen Pearcy

Stripped

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Like any good hair metal band, the history of Ratt most certainly comes with its fair share of excess, battles over power and creative control, and dramatic turmoil. But what separates Ratt from the rest of the brat pack is the tenacity with which the feud has been fought over the past decade. Lawsuit after counter lawsuit has led to no real resolve, and has left Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy without a band to front. However, this clearly didn't stop Pearcy from recording this acoustic session of Ratt's greatest moments in March of 2006. All of the big-name hits are here like "Slip of the Lip," "Way Cool Jr." and "You're in Love," but they don't necessarily translate well into an acoustic setting. And while it may be mildly absurd to say these songs have been emasculated (given the hair, makeup, and unisex clothing of the era) they most definitely have lost the "oomph" they originally came with, almost as if a diet version of Ratt has been introduced to unsuspecting fans. Minor mishaps aside, Pearcy sounds in fine form and like he's having a heck of a time on stage; it's a refreshing change of pace from his jealous colleagues longing for their past glory days and the same adulation they once received. And while it might not win any fans over to Pearcy's camp anytime soon, those already in it will enjoy Stripped from start to finish.

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