Steelheart – Steelheart

Steelheart – Steelheart (1990, MCA Records)

1. “Love Ain’t Easy” … 3:41
2. “Can’t Stop Me Lovin’ You” … 5:06
3. “Like Never Before” … 4:45
4. “I’ll Never Let You Go” … 6:21
5 .”Everybody Loves Eileen” … 6:20
6. “Sheila” … 7:40
7. “Gimme Gimme” … 5:23
8. “Rock’N Roll (I Just Wanna)” … 4:10
9. “She’s Gone” … 6:30
10. “Down n’ Dirty” … 6:42

Band:
Michael Matijevic – Vocals
Chris Risola – Guitar
Frank DiCostanzo – Guitar
James Ward – Bass
John Fowler – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Jai Winding – Piano

Producer: Mark Opitz

I officially became a Steelheart fan with Good 2B Alive but previous to that, I had heard and liked Tangled In Reins. Two years after hearing Good 2B Alive, I finally picked up the band’s debut.

I’ve always been put off by the cover. It’s a a bit… prissy and misleading. You’d think maybe it was another female hard rock act like Vixen or something. I guess someone else thought so too because there was a reissue with a different cover released in 1991.

Getting to the music, it’s the typical early ’90s slick hair metal sound that all the labels by this time were putting out but with one exception: Michael Matijevic. This guy is easily one of the most gifted (if not *the* most gifted) singers in the subgenre but also is a powerhouse in his own right compared with some of rock & metal’s legendary singers. If Steelheart were a HEAVY METAL band, Matijevic would be a legend. No doubt about it. But because Steelheart came late to the pop-metal game and did not achieve the same success as they might’ve had if they came out earlier, Steelheart is remembered as nothing more than a second-tier (at best) hair band by most people.

The music isn’t bad at all though, in fact, it’s really good. “Love Ain’t Easy” is a great rocker, “Can’t Stop Me Lovin’ You” is probably the album’s catchiest song, “I’ll Never Let You Go” puts the POWER in power ballad and then there’s the epic ballad “She’s Gone”. Those last three songs are Michael’s best vocal performances, I think, for this album. Without Michael, this album would still be very good but with him? I think this is one of pop-metal’s all-time best albums.

Bruce Dickinson (yes, that Bruce Dickinson) is credited as the album’s executive producer. Pretty cool!

Highlights: “Love Ain’t Easy”, “Can’t Stop Me Lovin’ You”, “Like Never Before”, “I’ll Never Let You Go”, “Everybody Loves Eileen”, “She’s Gone”

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Posted on January 9, 2011, in Steelheart and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Finally you got to this album, I lvoe Michale Matjevick, he is easily one of the best metal singers (performance wise at least performance wise) and this album just rocks, slick glam metal at it’s best, too bad they came out so late and didn’t become legends themselves. Somewhere I read that this isn’t THE Bruce Dickinson, but I could be wrong.

  2. Steelheart originated in Norwalk, Connecticut… people would never think that (probably). I was born in extremely expensive Connecticut and lived there most of my life. Obsession, Fates Warning and Hatebreed all have their Connecticut roots/origins too, just to name a few. 🙂

    I really dig this album and yes, Matijevick has an unreal voice. Cool to spotlight this band/album.

  3. Yep, he’s working on the follow-up to Good 2B Alive right now. Not sure when it’s gonna come out though. Hopefully, this year!

    • I really dig that title: “Good 2B Alive”. Life moves so fast… I try to put on the brakes to enjoy the “good” and scowl at the “bad”. 😉

  4. Scott Creighton

    Fellow Steelheart Fans,

    I am getting married this summer and I want to have the house band play “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” at the wedding reception as the bridal dance. However, they need piano and vocals sheet music. I have searched the Internet and have been unable to find the sheet music for sale anywhere. Does anyone know where I can get this? The other option would be to have Steelheart come and play it live (haha…I wish).

    Please contact me directly at the e-mail address above. Thanks in advance for your help.

    Rock On!

    Scott

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