WINGER is back! Or
should I say, KIP WINGER is back??
To start where it hurts,
this album sounds like a Kip Winger solo album like the other ones
he’s released over the years … There’s really no trace of that
original kind of ”Hair Rock” that WINGER stood for on their now
classic two first efforts…
and Rod Morgenstein are still present in the line-up but still, it
doesn’t really bring back the ol’ sound…You really get the
impression that Kip is THE mainman in this band… That’s not
necessarily a bad thing because he is, however, a brilliant songwriter
with enough charisma to impress every schoolgirl (just like in the ol’
- But it’s not an album that’ll ever set MTV alight again like back
in the day…
sound is a bit more complex and almost progressive at times…. Every
now and then there’s a hint to REAL Hard Rock but for the most part it
sounds like a typical modern Hard Rock release.
songwriting and particularly the production is flawless and like I
hinted at above, this belongs in the top echelon of new releases…. However,
do not expect any trip down memory lane here… Where’s the
spinechilling ”Miles Away” ballad or the melo-rocker ala ”Easy
Come Easy Go”, let alone the Glam-theme of ”Seventeen”?? Well, not
on this album, that’s for sure!
If you put this album
in your stereo, crank the ol’ f****r and forget about the band name,
then this is a really fine slap of modern, innovative Melodic Rock!
Closer to ”Pull” soundwise if I absolutely have to compare
this release to the other pearls from WINGER’s back catalogue!