Lee Aaron has a blast on buoyant Radio On! album

Out now: Metal Queen Lee Aaron is in splendid voice on exuberant 13th album Radio On!

Lee Aaron
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There are some albums that radiate a huge smile; you can tell everyone involved is having a blast. And that’s the overriding feeling Radio On! generates. Lee Aaron and her band throw themselves wholeheartedly into every track. 

It begins with the flamboyantly guitar-driven, mid-paced Vampin’, before Soul Breaker sashays down the Pat Benatar route, as lyrically it has a woman in emotional command. You’d feel sure Mama Don’t Remember must be a cover of a 70s Suzi Quatro classic, but its swagger is all original. 

The title track highlights the exuberance of turning up the radio and carousing down the highway. Devil’s Gold has a slow-burning sensuality. Had Me At Hello uncorks the sleaze, which slithers over a slightly funky rhythm.

Aaron herself is in splendid voice, and her musical relationship with guitarist Sean Kelly is what really drives the album along. Kelly knows when to hit the virtuoso button, and when to hold back, which helps to make this a consistently buoyant melodic rock album.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.