Kane Roberts – Kane Roberts [1987]

Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Kane Roberts – Vocals,Guitar,Keyboards, Steve Steele – Bass,Backing vocals, Victor Ruzzo – Drums,Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Rock Doll (3:55), 02. Women On The Edge Of Love (3:08), 03. Triple X (4:41), 04. Gorilla (1:44), 05. Outlaw (3:06), 06. If This Is Heaven (3:32), 07. Out For Blood (3:36), 08. Full Pull (3:52), 09. Too Much (For Anyone To Touch) (3:54), 10. Tears Of Fire (3:48), 11. A Strong Arm Needs A Stronger Heart (3:51)

PROFILE

This is the self-titled debut solo album by American guitarist/songwriter Kane Robets originally released in 1987. Fresh from the ranks of shock rock legend Alice Cooper with whom he recorded two albums “Constrictor” and “Raise your fist and yell”, Kane was offered a solo deal with “MCA records”.

This debut album effectively verifies that beyond his stunning physique, Kane is a guitar master, accomplished songwriter but above all, a visionary of hard rock. By playing the album any number of times one realizes that the man understood perfectly what 80s hard rock/glam metal should stand for. And his music definitely portrays an impressive analogy of melody and attack-music-wise, romanticism and violent sexuality-lyric-wise.

Kane handles all guitars, keyboards and lead vocals, undoubtedly a guitar hero moving effortlessly from speeding riffs, to melodic soloing, to furious shredding. He is also a capable lead singer while his singing on this debut is especially macho (his singing style would become all the more melodic/AOR in the albums that would follow). Drums are performed by Victor Ruzzo, while fellow bodybuilder Steve Steele plays bass, in addition Kip Winger is credited of co-writing a couple of the songs with Roberts.

Favorite tracks include “Triple X”, “Women on the edge of love”, “Too much” and “Full Pull”. Overall Kane’s debut summarizes perfectly the musical and visual extravagance of 80s hard rock and hair metal; its honesty, glamour and shamelessness make “Kane Roberts” a classic 80s rock album.

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