WILDSTREET – Wildstreet II…Faster…Louder! [Collectors Edition] *HQ*

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The self-titled debut release of New Yorkers WILDSTREET in 2009 received rave reviews around the globe. Their glorious Def Leppard inspired affair with a hint of sleazy / glam, was one of the great surprises that year.
The next WILDSTREET release appeared 2011 under the titled “Wildstreet II …Faster…Louder”, where the band’s sound evolved and moulding themselves into a unit that best resembles Kix, Motley Crue and Def Leppard circa ‘High And Dry’. The attitude and the energy is certainly here, and across these songs they let it all hang out.
As WILDSTREET third album resulted delayed for years, the band re-released this sophomore effort in 2017 re-titled ”Wildstreet II…Faster…Louder! [Collectors Edition]” with different artwork and a bonus track.

Starting things off is “Shake It” that cranks things up from the get-go. If you like the riffing from bands like Kix or Sweden’s hard rock heroes Bullet you’ll love this. Big gang chant vocals on the chorus provide maximum impact.
“Poison Kiss” touches the sleaze genre in a slight way, with the slide guitar pushing this song into early 90’s territory. Once again the harmonies show some whoop-ass chops. A very commercial, catchy tune.

Ramping the tempo up a few notches, “Hot Lixx” is less about hot women but more about the trials and tribulations of a kid getting his first guitar and learning how to play. To keep the rhyming scenario going, this song could be a Kix offcut!
I feel an early Van Halen / Def Leppard meets AC/DC style with “Cocked And Ready”. The riff is one straight out of the Angus Young cookbook, though Erik Jayk’s vocals sounds more like ’70s era Aerosmith.
“Can’t Stop The Rock” is probably the closest in feel to the debut album material, the production is a bit more spacious, the arrangement close to the very first Def Leppard. This track is made for the arenas.
Bonus cut “Easy Does It” was recorded later, but continues Wildstreet’s path down the road of straight up no-frills rock ‘n’ roll from Wildstreet II.

”Wildstreet II…Faster…Louder! [Collectors Edition]” is another winner for WILDSTREET, a perfect party ‘have a good time’ collection of songs. Their mix of straight ahead non compromising fun hard rock and singalong choruses makes this release so easy to love.
Highly Recommended


01 – Shake It
02 – Poison Kiss
03 – Hot Lixx
04 – Cocked & Ready
05 – You Can’t Stop the Rock
06 – Easy Does It [Bonus Track]

Eric Jayk – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Keith Roberts – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ali Hassan – Bass, Vocals
Brian Beck – Drums


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