Precious Metal

That Kind of Girl Precious Metal - That Kind Of Girl  (Cameleon Records) 1988

1.     Anybody's Lover (3:19)
2.     All Fall Down (2:50)
3.     What You See Is What You Get (3:16)
4.     Moving Mountains (3:37)
5.     Seven Minutes to Midnight (3:07)
6.     Stand Up and Shout (3:11)
7.     That Kind of Girl (3:01)
8.     Sweet Sweet (3:20)
9.     Push (3:54)
10.   Passion's Pain (3:16)

Hollywood's all female quintet from the 80's release their sophomore album. The 80's were all about excess, having a good time, leather and lace and that is exactly what Precious Death deliver. "That Kind of Girl" is a glossy, commercial pop-metal sound. For the most part Precious Metal deliver hard-rocking and melodic songs like album opener "Anybody's Lover", "Seven Minutes to Midnight," and the fun and entertaining title track. No this isn't exactly rocket science, but who ever said rock and roll had to be rocket science, or even thoughtful for that matter. "That Kind of Girl" sports catchy guitar riffs, sing-along choruses, catchy melodies, crunchy guitars, lush keyboards, rock 'n' roll anthems and the obligatory ballads. Though it might sound trite, Precious Metal is comparable to Vixen, but with a bit more edge.

Thrasher Precious Metal (Chameleon) 1990

1.      Mr. Big Stuff (3:00)
2.      Trouble (4:09)
3.      Two Hearts (3:05)
4.      Thrilling Life (3:30)
5.      Forever Tonight (4:31)
6.      Reckless (4:22)
7.      Eazier Than You Think (4:18)
8.      Nasty Habits (3:50)
9.      Downhill Dreamer (5:11)
10.     In The Mood (4:46)
11.     Howl At The Moon (3:36)
12.     Chasing Rainbows (4:22)

Precious Metal are an all-female, American band. On their 1990 self-titled release they play catchy hard rock that falls somewhere between the 80's pop rock of Vixen, Lita Ford, etc. and the more straight-forward hard rock/heavy metal of Phantom Blue. Though Precious Metal's 1990 release is self-titled, it is their third album. The music is fairly typical of late 80's hard rock, catchy guitar riffs, sing-along choruses, catchy melodies, crunchy guitars, lush keyboards, rock 'n' roll anthems and the obligatory ballads. Vocalist Leslie Knauer has a great voice. She can sing with a sweetheart clean voice when needed, but on songs like "Downhill Dreamer" and "Nasty Habits" she can also spit nails as she adds more grit to her vocal delivery.

The standout tracks on the album are "Trouble", a catchy heavy rocker, "Nasty Habits", a sleazy pop metal song, and the keyboard-infused "Reckless". The album also sports two cover songs, a fun, hard rock version Jean Knight's 1971 hit "Mr. Big Stuff" and a very cool remake of Bruce Springsteen's "Two Hearts". "Mr. Big Stuff" almost sounds like a Runaways song. (Speaking of the Runaways, ex-Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie makes a guest appearance on this recording, as does Nancy Wilson of Heart.)

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