50 STATES OF HARD ROCK #20: MARYLAND
Release: Midnite Dynamite
Line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian Forsythe (guitars), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Donnie Purnell (bass), Jimmy Chalfant (drums)
|2.||Red Hot (Black and Blue)||3:22|
|3.||Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)||3:58|
|9.||Lie Like a Rug||3:40|
Here we have Kix's third studio album and the first to feature guitarist Ronnie "10/10" Younkins. While I do enjoy their first two albums a great deal, it was the pairing of Younkins with Brian "Damage" Forsythe that produced the band's "classic" sound as heard on this album, Blow My Fuse and 1991's Hot Wire. The album opens with the catchy title track and doesn't let up, producing great song after great song. Special mention needs to be made of the ballad Walkin' Away, which is on par with their biggest hit, Don't Close Your Eyes, in terms of beautiful melodic sound.
Kix rocks, pure and simple!