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Warrant - 2006 Born Again



ARTIST: Warrant
ALBUM: Born Again
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-154
YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jaime St James - vocals * Erik Turner - guitars * Joey Allen - guitars * Jerry Dixon - bass * Steven Sweet - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Devils Juice * 02 Dirty Jack * 03 Boubron County Line * 04 Hell, CA * 05 Angels * 06 Love Strikes Like Lightning * 07 Glimmer * 08 Rollercoaster * 09 Down In Diamonds * 10 Velvet Noose * 11 Roxy (Bonus) * 12 Good Times (Bonus)

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WEBLINKS: warrantrocks.com/


Background
Back in the late eighties, Warrant came out of the pack with the platinum selling 'Dirty Rotten Stinking Filthy Rich' album. Though they had a few good songs, this band never stuck to my head with epoxy-like sticking power. Even into the early nineties, my head and musical heart were elsewhere. While America took this lot to their hearts and wallets, the Warrant World just seemed to pass me by. Many years later, through ups and downs, changed line-ups and now also with the departure of the prodigal son Jani Lane, the band return, looking older and wiser for the experience. The new vocalist, Jaime St James, isn't 'that new' of course, being a member of that other eighties hard rockin' outfit Black 'N Blue, admittedly another outfit that tended to bypass my radar. With all that said, why the heck am I reviewing this new album 'Born Again' then? Probably because none of my other staff would, and I wanted to give these guys a fair crack of the whip. Also, when a certain Pat Regan is involved in the production, my ears immediately tend to listen up. So, what do I make of it all?


The Songs
In a nutshell, it is competent hard rock without the 'thrill factor'. Despite the fact that we are 15 to 20 years beyond the timeframe that made both Warrant and Black 'N Blue accessible, this still sounds appropriate for that era. The band deliberately set out to make this album as retro as possible, and for that they should be commended. None of this 'appeal to modern day radio' aye? Jaime St James is not singing as high as he usually does (perhaps he is saving it up for the new Black 'N Blue album?), and from where I sit, he sounds kinda cool. It is easy to see how their rebel attitude kicks up dust and spills Jack Daniels everywhere on tunes such as 'Devils Juice' (how appropriate!) and 'Dirty Jack'. Keeping things close to home is the tune 'Hell, CA', the line 'if you want to get to heaven, you gotta go through Hell..California'. It says a lot about selling the benefits of the home-state doesn't it? I wonder what Governor Schwarzenegger thinks of it all? lol. I really enjoyed the high-spirited 'Angels', a rampant tune with excess energy to burn. Similarly 'Roller Coaster' ploughs into the fast-lane with alarming ferocity. 'Velvet Noose' is a definite eighties throwback. Just listen to those rhythm guitars, straight out of L.A's Sunset Strip circa 1985!


In Summary
Don't dismiss this album at first glance, like I was prepared to do. It isn't bad at all. It won't set the world on fire either but Warrant without Jani Lane is not the complete write-off many were expecting. Some have accused the band of just going through the motions, but I certainly don't hear it like that. Energetic rabble-rousers like 'Angels' and 'Roller Coaster' and 'Dirty Jack' provide the grit and attitude that I admire in bands from the glory days. Despite the fact it is 2006, Warrant have a fresh new perspective on life, and one can only say that the album title is highly appropriate.


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