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CD REVIEW: WINGER – Better Days Comin’


Label: Frontiers Records

Release Date: April 22, 2014

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

I remember picking up the self-titled debut from Winger and have been a fan since.  “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” opens the disc in true Winger fashion, full of great guitars ( including a great solo from Reb  Beach), heavy bass, and that raspy rock voice that Kip has had since 1988.  “Queen Babylon” continues the fun with another rocker that resonates of past glories, with a sound that comes straight from either the debut or sophomore discs and would have easily fit on either of those discs.  “Better Days Comin'” combines a heavy feel, compliments of a heavy bass line, with a pop/rock sensibility Winger is known for.  The guitars are fun and add to the track without the ping and squeal of other tracks.  “Ever Wonder” is a beautiful piece that allows Winger’s voice to carry a track, while the rest of the band add their touches in the background and build a wall of great sound around the vocals.  “Storm In Me” allows second guitarist John Roth to take the lead and play on one of the edgier and heavier tracks on the disc.  The vocals and heavy rhythm section point towards a new direction for the band, but it adds to the disc.

“Rat Race” opens with a killer riff and thunderous drumming from long time drummer Rod Morgenstein.  The vocals run tight with the music and give this song a pace and energy that keep this among the better tracks on the disc.  “Tin Soldier” features a piano introduction that morphs into a cool bass/piano duet.  The rest of the band drops in and this song takes on a heavy jazz-fusion vibe that gives the disc a little depth and leans on some of the bands influences.  “So Long China” kicks a lot of attitude back into the disc, compliments of a well constructed song that allows everybody to play straight up rock and roll for 4 minutes.  “Be Who You Are, Now” is a mellow track that fits and yet, seems out of place at the same time.  The vocals are big and play well over the guitars, but the orchestration and bridge don’t add to the tracks foundation.  Disc closer “Out Of This World” give us snippets of Kip’s powerful voice, some soaring riffs and lofty solos, as well as solid timekeeping from Morgenstein.  This is one of the different tracks that fits perfectly into the Winger catalog.

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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