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Night Ranger - 1985 7 Wishes

ARTIST: Night Ranger
ALBUM: 7 Wishes
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Jack Blades - lead vocals, bass * Kelly Keagy - lead vocals, drums * Brad Gillis - guitars * Jeff Watson - guitars * Alan Fitzgerald - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Seven Wishes * 02 Faces * 03 Four In The Morning * 04 I Need A Woman * 05 Sentimental Street * 06 This Boy Needs To Rock * 07 I Will Follow You * 08 Interstate Love Affair * 09 Night Machine * 10 Goodbye


Night Ranger were in a tough spot with their third album, as their first two 'Dawn Patrol' and 'Midnight Madness' had set high standards, in both chart placings and AOR/Hard Rock quality. They stuck with the formula that bought the success, retaining producer Pat Glasser once again. To many '7 Wishes' was an improvement on 83's 'Midnight Madness', which some saw as an inferior follow up to the monumental debut. And while '7 Wishes' contains impressive material I can't help but feel it falls a little short of the previous work. The audience was still there as the album hit no 10, while singles 'Sentimental Street' and 'Four In The Morning' were top ten and twenty place getters respectively. Amazingly it's still possible to hear 'Four In The Morning' on rock radio State side, amazing taking into consideration the amount of superior tracks recorded by the band.

The Songs
The title track rouses ears instantly, displaying the heavier side of the band, which was always vastly more appealing. The bands sound from the first two albums is thankfully intact, with a perfect blend of synthesizer and dual riffing. 'Faces' takes things further, heavier still and with the kind of melody people had come to expect from them. One of their best tracks to this day, straddling the ever so delicate line between AOR and hard rock aggression, with stunning guitar harmonies. 'Four In The Morning' takes a lighter route, but isn't a ballad by any means, this time the patented vocal harmonies making all the difference. A deserved hit. Sadly 'I Need A Woman' comes off as flat and melodically uninspired. 'Sentimental Street' takes the nostalgic direction of 'When You Close Your Eyes', an enduring hook the lasting impression. Nothing can top the precision of 'This Boy Needs To Rock' and its metal overtones, the closest the band comes to evoking the spirit of the debut. Melody wise it's on fire, a foot stomping classic. 'I Will Follow You' falls down at the chorus, despite some excellent interplay while 'Interstate Love Affair' almost feels like ZZ Top with those pumping synths. Raucous US party rock is the order of the day in 'Night Machine', especially when the band gets to chanting 'welcome, welcome!', even if that wasn't the intended result! 'Goodbye' is a soft ballad closer, perhaps the last of the real Night Ranger.

In Summary
When Night Ranger returned in 1987 with 'Big Life' the success that they obtained with '7 Wishes' was noticeably absent, suggesting their day had come and gone. In a way it had, their sound was slightly altered and not quite as dynamic as their 1982-85 heyday. While '7 Wishes' contains several weak cuts, it's miles ahead of most bands in the period, the class in both musicianship and songwriting all too obvious to dismiss. It makes later albums like 'Neverland' and 'Seven' all the more painful to listen to, a band who seemed to forget what they represented.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 04:48:51
After 'Dawn Patrol' my favourite NR album. This is brilliant from start to finish and features my 2 favourite NR ballads 'Sentimental Street' & 'Goodbye'. Even on album number 3 their aren't any fillers in sight, and neither would there be until the 'Mojo' album.
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 01 2008 10:52:01
A fantastic set of songs. The first three Night Ranger albums have quality written through 'em like seaside rock!
#3 | sabace on July 26 2008 14:21:25
#4 | jeffrey343 on October 20 2010 02:37:05
Being a huge fan of their first two albums, I of course bought this as soon as it came out. I remember thinking it was good but maybe not quite as good as the first two. I was hoping for more songs like 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me' and 'Rock In America' plus more over-the-top guitar solos. I now appreciate the fact that all the guitar solos are highly melodic with these guys, but I was more impressed with lots of notes back then. This one has aged well for me over the years, and it still gets a good amount of play. I don't think any of these tunes are 'weak', but there is definitely a variety of styles on display here (and they all work for me).
#5 | Eric on October 21 2010 03:03:26
The lyrics on the above are kinds cheesy, but.. this is a great album. Pulled out the CD tonight and I don't think I've listened to it in ten years or so, but it still resonates. 'Sentimental Street' and especially 'Goodbye' are stellar. Picking up where late 70s REO left off? Maybe-the end solo on 'Goodbye' is very Richrath....
#6 | jeffrey343 on October 21 2010 16:54:12
Definitely a cheesy video, and I'll always associate NR with lyrics that are somewhat cheesy and frequently baffling. When I was younger, I thought their lyrics must have been so clever that I was too young to get them. Now that I'm quite a bit older than they were when they wrote these songs, I still don't get them. 'Sister Christian' - what do they mean that 'You're motoring'? 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me' - 'I got a pistol for action'... I've never heard those expressions outside of those songs... I love the band and their songs, but sometimes the lyrics do leave me wondering...
#7 | super80boy on May 24 2014 15:35:10
7 Wishes is a steady dependable album packed with a handful of memorable songs. Yes, many reviewers don't think it reaches the heights of their two previous albums, but it's neck and neck in my humble opinion. The band proved that they could maintain great consistency and produced three top albums right out of the gate. Unfortunately this would be the last of their great albums and hits. The title track really kicks things into gear and is single worthy while l really like the synth sounds in 'Interstate Love Affair'.
#8 | melodiapositiva on April 21 2016 19:48:27
weaker than the two first albums, the guitar solos are not so good this time and there are some fillers on second side.
#9 | gdazegod on October 25 2017 23:00:51
Giving this album a bit of love this week.
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