Power of Metal.dk Review

Better Days Comin'
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 18 April, 2014
Playing time: 47:32

This is one of my most awaited comeback albums in the hard rock genre this year, in my tiny world anyway. Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach and John Roth on guitars and Rod Morgenstein behind the drums, are back with their newest album "Better Days Comin'". Winger was formed in the late 1980s and soared into immediate success with their 1988 self-titled debut album. The album rammed the world with the hit singles 'Seventeen' and 'Headed for a Heartbreak'. Their next album, "In The Heart of the Young", also achieved platinum status behind the singles 'Can’t Get Enuff' and 'Miles Away'. In a snap everything was over and all hair metal bands were put into the shadows. The long journey back started in 2001 when they re-united.

This time they have made an album with one superior track: 'Tin Soldier', which is an quite progressive rock song with extra juice within and the following tune 'Ever Wonder' is an epic ballad which also gets under my skin. 'Storm in Me' is a dark and dull track in more a stoner rock model. The chewy song 'Be Who You Are, Now' made me tired every time I get to that track. SKIP!

"Better Days Comin'" closes with 'Out of This World', which is one of the better tracks on the disc, but the best songs on the album next to 'Tin Soldier' are 'Rat Race' and 'Midnight Driver of a Love Machine' with some kind of energies and catchy sound. With two such strong axemen on the guitars, I had extremely high expectations to be lavished of advanced hooks and razor sharp riffs, and there are some gems here and there, but not as much as I had expected ... unfortunately. There are better hard rock albums to invest your money in this spring.

I'm sorry, but this isn't an album I can recommend you to buy, maybe just buy the songs I've mentioned.

01. Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
Queen Babylon
Rat Race
Better Days Comin'
Tin Soldier
Ever Wonder
So Long China
Storm in Me
Be Who You Are, Now
Out Of This World
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 13 April, 2014
Website: www.wingertheband.com