RONNIE ROMERO – Raised on Radio
- by J.N.
- Posted on 19-05-2022
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The inhumanly skilled vocalist Ronnie Romero possesses a pair of lungs that are not of this world, which explains why legendary guitar-slingers such as Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, and Adrian Vandenberg have all employed the gifted singer from time to time. “Raised on Radio” is essentially a Romero solo album containing cover versions, and you should leave any preconceived, unfair assessment of it at the door. Why? Because it is much better and more entertaining than the various tribute and covers albums that one is usually served thanks to Ronnie’s inspired choice of material and the fact that his vocals are stunning and infuse every syllable with power and passion. Uriah Heep, Foreigner, Grand Funk Railroad, and Freddie Mercury are just a few of those covered here, and although it is not the most organic-sounding offering that I have come across lately, the production certainly packs a solid punch and the band boasts great musicianship. There is a pleasant and appealing vibe to this rocking effort and one gets the impression that Romero had fun recording his take on “All Along the Watchtower”, “Girl on the Moon”, “Gypsy”, “Backstreet Love Affair”, and “Voices” just to list a few examples. The biggest surprise (and a personal favorite) is the kick-ass boogie-woogie rendition of Elf’s “Carolina County Ball”. Is the record an essential purchase then? No, but it is a cracking good listen and heaps of fun.