Joe Satriani rightfully proclaimed T-Ride as the future of metal, but their debut came during the holocaust of hair, creating nary a ripple as grunge flooded America. This self-titled sole release is a lost treasure, swinging with the dignified dexterity of Queen, the surround sweeps of Def Leppard, and the retail ranting of the Tubes. Bassist and lead yelper Arlie possesses both of Axel's amazing octaves, but this Cali trio's sound is wholly unique, and the LP is one of the sharpest metal works ever. "Luxury Cruiser" rolls right alongside "Red Barchetta" and "Highway Star" in the greatest "I'm in love with my car" song race. The album's obligatory ballad, "You and Your Friend," is another dazzler, beating "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" and "Women in Love" in the ménage à trois finals. Plus, "Back Door Romeo" probes "Nothin' to Lose" and "Knocking at Your Back Door" in the ways of trunk exploration. Finally, "Heroes and Villains" updates the Bon Jovi/Desperado outlaw anthem with a twist. T-Ride swerves through the metal canon, hot-wiring a fresh spin on every bit they belt out before riding off into the stylish summer sunset.
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AllMusic Review by Doug Stone