If you know Kip Winger already, I don’t suppose you’re in for the biggest
surprises with this album; this is well-produced, well played and radio
orientated hard rock, and in the right spirit of modern demands there has been
added some strings to some of the numbers. But the well known formula works, and
thereby also the album in general.
Stylisticly K.W. moves from something similar to the old Winger-band on Pull
(all though there’s very little of that), to something that could have been
written by the Beatles or as a soundtrack for a movie. On top of that he still
cooperates with Cenk Eroglu, which gives some of the tracks a bit of a
middle-eastern sound and feel.
Kip Winger is a great singer, no doubt about that, and he has done a very
beautiful album with this one, but in almost all tracks, he has slowed down
considerably from what I know him the most for. What once was a single or two
tracks of leaned back and melodic “weepers” on an album of hard rock, has now
become the major part on this solo-album. Considering this, I actually don’t
think very much of this album belongs on a website dedicated to metal, ‘cause
this is more epic pop-rock than metal
If you’re into the slow epic tracks of the lighter metal albums, this surely is
something for you. I had preferred some more power and a faster pace sometimes.
There’s sort of an unrelieved tension throughout most of the album, but if you
need something to relax to or a “soundtrack” to wondering what life’s all about,
you might find this one useful.
…and my God how I hate these damn voice-overs!!! ..and a note for the record
company: If you have to put those irritating voice-overs on your albums,
please at least get someone to do it, who speaks a proper English without
an annoying italian accent (no offence to our Italian fellow brothers and
sisters, but this guys English hurts my ears!).