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Today's Hottest Hard Rock

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Today isn't a very good day. Besides the grandiose arena jam of Rush's "Dreamline," this slapdash K-Tel collection is sorely lacking in top-shelf, "Hottest Hard Rock" material. Bad Company's 1990 single "Holy Water" wasn't bad for a comeback, but it's downright transcendent when surrounded by the eager, yet utterly forgettable hair rock of the Bulletboys or Kix, whose "Same Jane" never quite produces enough steam to crest the hill to catchy town. Likewise, Lynch Mob's "Wicked Sensation" puffs out its chest, but is really only a tired retread of Hagar-era Van Halen. And Damn Yankees' "Coming of Age"? Well, it's all strut, scream, and blather, without any real payoff. Today's Hottest Hard Rock even finds a way to shaft Faster Pussycat. The band's countrified hard rocker "Nonstop to Nowhere" is a decent song, and might have done something for the band if it hadn't been issued amidst the grunge explosion of 1992. But it's sorely out of its element here. Winger describes Today's Hottest Hard Rock best with an earlier track: "Easy Come, Easy Go"."

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