FASTWAY

"Bad Bad Girls" (Enigma; 1990)

Reviewed by the Ancient Metaller

The words "Show No Mercy on the Volume" are written in big type across the back of this 1990 CD and, after giving it a listen, one has to wonder whether they meant to turn it up or turn it down.

Okay, to be fair, this CD isn't all that bad. I'm not going to give it a Frank Crappa (our lowest rating, so named by the honorable Snidermann). But I am only going to give it a one-and-a-half. Why? Because "Bad Bad Girls" is such slick, commercial, radio-friendly hard rock that  it annoys even me. And I like commercial rock.

The best way to describe how "Bad Bad Girls" sound is to imagine Quiet Riot at their most  commercial. Got it? Okay, now imagine if they just hadn't quite pulled it off. In other words, "Bad Bad Girls" is closer to Quiet Riot's "QR III" than "Metal Health." It's listenable but only just.

Fastway has much better albums: their self-titled debut and the "Trick Or Treat" soundtrack come immediately to mind. This CD, which came later in the game, just doesn't cut it.

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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