By Theron Moore

“I am very happy with the new music and the diversity of the songs.  It’s taken some time.  I’m sure all of the fans will be excited too,” says Stephen about his new record, “Smash,” thirteen songs of solid hard rock and metal stamped with Pearcy’s unique sound and solo style.  Key word:  diversity.  

This isn’t Ratt rehashed, instead, “Smash” is a journey through Pearcy’s musical background and tastes ranging from Mountain / Zepplin (“Shut Down Baby”) to Van Halen (“Lollilop”) where Pearcy channels his inner David Lee Roth (quite well I might add) to the freewheeling Sunset Strip sound of the 80’s (“Ten Miles Wide,” “Dead Roses,” “Rain,” “Want to Much”).

The standout track on “Smash” is, without doubt, “I Can’t Take It,” which has radio hit written all over it.  Unfortunately, in this day and age of corporate controlled media I doubt it’ll get any (if at all) substantial airplay, which is a shame.  It’s a perfect fit.  Enough pop and enough rock to satisfy everyone.  The song is catchy and filled to the brim with enough hooks to stay in your head for a long time.  If I were Pearcy, I’d carry this one over to the new Ratt record and let the boys take a crack at it.  “I Can’t Take It” would be an instant hit for sure, especially with DeMartini, Croucier and Cavzao belting it out.

The downside?  Not much.  The last two songs on the record didn’t appeal to me but that’s neither here nor there, simply personal taste. “Smash” is solid.  It covers a lot of musical ground ranging from a classic rock vibe to commercial hard rock / metal with a few curve balls thrown in between, nothing that takes the record off track, but enough to remind you that this is Pearcy the solo artist, not Pearcy, the singer for Ratt.  That’s what got me with this record.  He made “Smash” accessible to hard rock and metal fans but in the end, it was his solo record, unique to him, from start to finish.