After the ambivalent 2011 night ranger comeback "Somewhere In California" their singer and bassist Jack Blades pushes a solo album. Included: his night ranger colleagues and Cheap Tricks Robin Zander. But even their presence cannot help Blades to deliver consistently good quality on his second solo work. Damn Yankee manages again and again to create dreamlike quasi ballads ("Hardest Word To Say") with the simplest mainstream rock'n'roll means. But the man from Palm Desert weakens when he simply follows one cliché to the next. So the title song "Rock'n'Roll Ride" with its AC/DC attitude can't be taken seriously anymore. The fact that Blades can do it much better is proven by the "Say You Will", which is similar in hardness but much more independent. The 57-year-old Californian local patriot on "Rock'n'Roll Ride" always has light and shadow close together. The biggest slip: the semi-acoustic "West Hollywood" with its accident-damaged Beatles bonds.
Top track: Rise And Shine