"Smith/Kotzen" (BMG; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Adrian Smith (guitarist for Iron Maiden) and Rickie Kotzen (guitarist for Mr. Big, Poison,The Winery Dogs among others), combine together to put out a recording called "Smith/Kotzen." Imagine that?

Hard rock in its basic form: heavy on the guitairs, easy and fun to listen to. The more I listen to this recording, the more I like it. There is nothing that really stands out here other than the simply killer fifty minutes of music. This is music that is created by people that know how to create killer fucking music and they do exactly that here.

This is fun, in-your-face music with a few ballads mixed in to make an overall very enjoyable musical experience. Blues, hard rock and jazz are some of the musicall influences you'll find here and there are others I have yet to identify which makes me realize I'm going to have to spin this a few more times. And I'm okay with that. This shit is rock'n'roll! Fun and ready for subsequent spins on my player.

Check out for a taste of this recording.

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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