"Let's Eat" (Perris Records; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Let's Eat" is really a showcase for one of the busiest men in hard rock, Jizzy Pearl. On this CD, Pearl wrote the songs, plays guitars, provides vocals and acted as producer. See? We told you he was busy.

The final result is that "Let's Eat" has some really great music on it. But it's got some typical filler as well. What makes the filler more dangerous here, however, is that the entire CD only runs about 30 minutes, so the percentage is higher than usual.

The CD starts out with a kick. "It Could Happen to Me" is a funk rock rocker that rolls along hard and heavy. "Don't Play Your Guitar When You're Talking to Me" slows the pace a little, but still delivers a solid rock beat, despite an annoyingly rap-like chorus. "Uncle Said" "Ratboy" and "Walk on the Moon" are next and they're a triple threat of less-than-spectacular tunes, with "Walk on the Moon" being a limp attempt at a Korn-like tune. "No Regrets" follows and it's a soulful warbler with solid emotion and a nice rock kick. "Heartbreaker" begins with a strong rock throb and then quickly deteriorates with another Korn sound-alike attempt (it doesn't work here either). "Wrestle the World" is a little better with interesting, risk-taking guitar work. The CD ends with "Food for the Fire" which sounds like one of Guns'n'Roses more experimental tracks. Not bad.

Overall, "Let's Eat" isn't a bad CD, but it's nothing that's likely to attract new listeners to the band or to Mr. Pearl.

"Let's Eat" was produced by Jizzy Pearl, recorded by Jack Hayback and mixed by Gilby Clarke (except tracks 4 and 5 mixed by Jack Hayback).

Playing on "Let's Eat" are: Jizzy Pearl - vocals, guitars; Joey Gold - drums; Jon Jones - lead guitar; Jeff Simon - bass; Robbie Black - drums.

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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