"Dirty Games" (Perris Records; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


"Dirty Games" comes from the same school of rock as Kiss's "Crazy, Crazy Nights" did. It's perfectly entertaining pop metal that's easy to like and very radio-friendly and, if you're ready to go along for the ride, quite satisfying.

But, again like "Crazy Night," if you're looking for something a little harder and heavier, you'll probably want to look somewhere else. Although "Dirty Games" occasionally delivers the goods (the lead guitar in "Heartbreaker" and "Heaven is Waiting," for example, will make you sit up and take notice), for the most part, it's heavy on the melody and features a vocalist who sounds like a cross between Poison's Bret Michaels and Brian Connolly. 

Sometimes the band really breaks out of the glam / pop metal mold, such as on the Skid Row-ish "Feel the Heat (Tonight)" and on the stunning instrumental, "T.K.O.," which takes the band deep into progressive metal territory. But those tracks are the exception rather than the rule.

Still, if you're looking for some new pop metal in the vein of Poison, Slaughter or even early Def Leppard, you'll find it with Crossfire's "Dirty Games.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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