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  • Now before anyone looks at my three star rating and assumes it’s a knock to this album, hear me out. I usually reserve five stars for an album that is timeless — something like Led Zeppelin IV or The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” album. Something that has left an indelible stamp on the face of the music industry. Four stars is reserved for the a great album that, while not a classic, is exceptional. For me, “Dancin’ Undercover” is a good album, not a great album. I remember buying this after wearing out my “Out of the Cellar” and “Invasion of Your Privacy” tapes. It was released in 1986 to a lot of hype in the music magazines of the day, as well as teaser clips on MTV. You’d think this album was going to be the end-all-be-all of, well, everything. As soon as it came out, I shelled out my cash and bought a copy on tape. I listened to it once and was instantly underwhelmed. Whoa… only “Slip of the Lip” stood out. I listened again and took a liking to “7th Avenue,” but everthing else seemed so uninspired. Stephen Pearchy’s voice still sounded good, Warren DeMartini was still impressive, but something was missing. To this day, I still can’t put my finger on it. I’d place this as my fourth favorite album by the band, following “Out of the Cellar,” “Detonator,” and “Invasion of your Privacy.” It’s not a bad album, I still enjoy listening to it, it’s just not a “great” album to me.

    Posted on January 22, 2010