Pat Travers and Carmine Appice - The Balls Album
Pat Travers and Carmine Appice! Consider the accumulated years of touring and recording experience, and the full cast of characters that have collaborated with these two rockers. There is a whole novel of great stuff, right there! However, the task at hand and the bounty on the mantle is ‘The Balls Album’, which provides plenty of evidence that testicular fortitude is readily in abundance with these guys.
Sure, it’s a no-brainer that this audio document bursts with thunderous drumming and pyrotechnic lead guitar work… I mean, duh, right? But what smacked me squarely between the eyeBALLS was a combination of the varied, memorable, and emphatically solid songwriting displayed within, and, even more impressive is the crystalline quality of Travers’ vocal work. Surely Pat sounds equally as good as any of his classic 70s work, or perhaps even better.
So… quality? Check! In fact, check that one off several times over! But, let us talk quantity. How does 14 songs grab you? By the BALLS? That is oh so apropos. Not a tablespoon of filler lives here, and you get the soft with the hard, the bouncy with the bulging, and the smooth with the prickly. After all, THIS is the BALLS album.