Strong harmonies and a frolicking musical outcrop make Knock 'Em Dead Kid one of Trooper's best works, giving way to three solid singles and helping them become an important musical icon in their homeland of Canada. While not rock solid, this album does give fans a good taste of what the band is made out of, with a blend of both amusing and subtle music. "We're Here for a Good Time" is a peppy, party-all-night kind of tune, while "Oh, Pretty Lady" is a truly tasteful ode. "It's Been a Long Time" is a mild but honest rock song that drifts along wonderfully. While fans would be better off with Hot Shots, a greatest-hits collection, Knock 'Em Dead Kid has a character all its own and stands up as a modest release.
Mike DeGagne, Rovi