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Lane, Jani - 2002 Back Down To One

Jani Lane - vocals
Matt Cleary - guitars
Adam Mercer - drums
Mark Matthews - bass

To most observers, Jani Lane will always be defined by 80s-style big hair, spandex and of course Warrant's massively successful bubblegum rock anthem 'Cherry Pie'. The fact that a decade or so later the big hair is now thinning, the spandex doesn't fit anymore and that Lane probably hates performing that song doesn't seem to matter. 'Back Down To One', the singer's debut solo album (not including the excellent unreleased 'Jabberwocky' project) smashes all those ill-conceived stereotypes in one go. Jani Lane still regularly performs, and occasionally records with the band that made him a star, yet 'Back Down To One' indicates his very definite intention to distance himself from the out-dated perceptions surrounding Warrant, and confidently affirms the fact that his songwriting skills and music are still relevant in 2002.

The Songs
Warrant attracted almost as many detractors as they did fans during their heyday, with critics lining up to accuse the band members of merely being good-looking, talentless poseurs. But anyone who looked behind the over-the-top image knows Jani Lane's songwriting talent has never been in doubt, and that ability shows clearly on 'Back Down To One'. The punchy and powerful opener 'Funny' demonstrates Lane's musical evolution perfectly. The voice is still the same, the melody perhaps even more pronounced than ever and the guitars crunchy, modern and without a hint of an over-done lead solo. The most recently recorded Warrant song, 'Face' is perhaps the best indicator of this new sound, but if comparisons to Warrant must be made, the new tunes sound more like 'Ultraphobic' than 'Cherry Pie'. In the context of a raw, yet crisp production, the songs are a lot more current and edgy, yet still retain the undeniable melodic quality of much of Warrant's catologue. The quite brilliant 'Better Than You' continues this trend, with a simply irresistible hookline, a rousing chorus and well-executed lyrics: 'You never buy her flowers anymore, you never want to know what she's crying for, to find her out you'd need a map, you can't buy that at the store'. 'Nothing' and the raucous title track are similarly melodic slices of modern, nu-breed rock. The dark sounding 'How A Girl' and the groovy 'Hooked' vary the pace and feel of the album impressively, and 'Twilight' is an excellent ballad with a contemporary twist. The only complaint is that the album ends all too quickly with the eighth and final track - the rocking 'Six Feet Under'.. leaving it stuck between being an EP and a full-length record.

In Summary
Despite that, there's no doubt 'Back Down To One' is a real triumph for Jani Lane and proves that he has much more to offer the music industry besides being an easy target for Where Are They Now? TV shows.


Track Listing:
01 Funny
02 Better Than You
03 Nothing
04 How a Girl
05 Back Down to One
06 Hooked
07 Oh Yeah
08 Don't Trust Me
09 Twilight
10 6 Feet Under
11 Sick

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