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Let Down by Sappy Title-track - 60%

DeathRiderDoom, June 14th, 2009

Streetfighter’s Crazy Dream EP was a NWOBHM release I had my hands after for quite some time. I heard of the band a few years ago, and thought they had a pretty sweet name, so thought it could be worth checkin’ out. I wasn’t disappointed in this little offering – well-produced, with some classic NWOBHM feel, however there are some weker moments to be experienced on this record. Yet another NWOBHM act with only the one release to their name, Streetfighter features members from Buffalo (UK) and the legendary Tank (drummer Gary Taylor). There are definite contrasts in the EP; your opening track is of less than permissible quality –and lies somewhere between Thin Lizzy, and your more simplistic, melodic late 70’s punk – like The Dictators or a better Sham 69, and sounds a bit wussy. On the other hand, the band’s namesake track – “Streetfighter” is a thunderous, raucous number with energy and attitude to spare. Your opener has some enjoying, soothing, melodic aspects – lightweight bass, upbeat guitar notes, and relaxed melodies on the vocals. Lyrics like “Well your first love feels the strongest…” and “There’ll always be that special feeling…” are a bit wussified, losing some marks. It’s a sappy, mid tempo number with definite Thin Lizzy influence on guitar. I feel this one’s strongly lacking on re-playability – wouldn’t want to subject my ears to too much of its cheesy sappiness.

The highlight of the EP is definitely the gritty band-titled track – a fast paced, brawlin’ number with dirty riffs and gritty lyrics. Great guitar leads are found here – somewhat reminiscent of Clark era Motorhead – thrilling and hard rockin’. The lyrics of this track are great; talk of workin’ girls, streetfights and gunplay are rocked along by heavy drums, and the capable heavy bass work of the capable Merv Goldsworthy. ‘City Girls’ continues the rough, gritty approach to songwriting, with its subject matter involving hookers and fast living. This track is a bit more straightforward though, almost NWOBHM-by-the-numbers, with no surprises jumping out at ya. This one’s also a bit slower on pace, and somewhat repetitive with its bass-play and vocal structure.

Altogether, this one’s recommendable if you’re a NWOBHM fan who doesn’t mind listening to NWOBHM with few surprises. What we’ve got here is pretty straightforward rockers. ‘Livin’ on the Redline’ and ‘City Girls’ have a definite T-Rex, Thin Lizzy 70’s sound to ‘em – good, but not ‘metal’. The title track is pretty strong though – and it could be worth getting if not just for that. Streetfighter is a good band – they craft some good tracks here – but it is almost run-of-the-mill (possibly that’s just due to having heard 200 or so NWOBHM releases before obtaining this one?). The weakest point however, ‘Crazy Dream,’ is a sappy, mushy hodge-podge of unimaginative clichéd lyrics, and boring guitar melodies – it sounds like a bad British punk band trying to show some depth to their fans by writing a sappy love song – just a crappy song which could’ve been better replaced by another sleazy number. Guitar leads on this release are great – a definite Motorhead likeness coming through, while bass and drums are mixed excellently giving a thick, hearty sound sure to satisfy. Not a bad wee release here, but doesn’t top efforts by band members’ respective efforts in Tank and Diamond Head. Check out the track “Streetfighter” first and see if it’s worth it.

-DeathRiderDoom