Our Music Year No. 25: Alcatrazz, ‘Disturbing the Peace’

By From page B5 | January 25, 2013

Artist: Alcatrazz
Title: “Disturbing the Peace”
Year: 1985
Format: Spotify
Grade: D+

Roger Ebert once wrote that he tries to judge films by the choices they make, not the ones they don’t.

That sounds impossible – by questioning the choices made, aren’t you really asking about the ones that weren’t? – but I hope it’s possible.

In this context, “Disturbing the Peace” makes me wonder how a band with Steve Vai on guitar and Graham Bonnet on vox settled for so little.

“Disturbing” has all the hallmarks of an ’80s glam rock album – keyboards where there should be bass, dynamic singer, power chords. You can picture the band with flowing manes of hair, wearing tight leather pants in a video for “Stripper” that features cutaways to a woman being PG sleazy.

“Will You be Home Tonight” is an adult-oriented rock nightmare that recalls a less committed Journey.

Bonnet does everything he can to sell “God Blessed Video.” He tries hard to do so on many tracks on “Disturbing,” but there just isn’t much memorable.

There aren’t many moments when Alcatrazz transcends the generation in which it was created, but that’s owed more to the material than the performers.

“Disturbing the Peace” didn’t make good choices for 1985 and, thus, has not aged particularly well.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.

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