Janiss Garza
June 14, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

No Rules

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kik Tracee
Producers
RCA
genre
Metal

We gave it an A

A lot of hard-rock groups scream ”originality” and ”rebellion,” but their albums nearly always wind up copping to some tried-and-true formula. Not so with this Los Angeles-based quintet. When Kik Tracee titled their debut No Rules, they meant it. Take, for example, the band’s stomping, hair-raising transformation of the lightweight ’60s hit ”Mrs. Robinson” into something twisted and snide. Then they turn around and come up with a ballad, ”Lost,” so full of naked sensitivity that it would do Simon & Garfunkel proud. The rest of the album runs the gamut of emotion, from the twisted romance chronicled in ”You’re So Strange,” to the grooving exhilaration of ”Generation Express.” Not only is this album exciting musically, it also sparkles sonically. No Rules was produced by Dana Strum, bassist of the platinum rock group Slaughter. If Strum can inspire other acts to achieve their full potential, as he does with Kik Tracee, maybe he should drop the rock-star stuff and forge a career behind the mixing board. A

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