It Ain't Easy
Label: Afm Records
This trashy Chicago outfit has been around long enough to know how to get a groove on -- the rhythm section truly sleazes in places. And if they aim for a bar they'll never reach -- Chad Cherry doesn't have half the pipes of a young Axl Rose or Steven Tyler -- they come as close as, say, D Generation ever did. "Leonida" opens like Aerosmith's "Same Old Song and Dance," and "It Ain't Easy" does even better by tapping 'Smith's dark ballad side 'til the "hoochie coochie woman" stuff starts straining credibility. There are sugar-pop harmony hooks, too. And hand-clapping. And words about groupies.