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Winger - 2009 Karma



ARTIST: Winger
ALBUM: Karma
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 429
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kip Winger - vocals, bass * Reb Beach - guitars * John Roth - guitars * Rod Morgenstein - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Deal With The Devil * 02 Stone Cold Killer * 03 Big World Away * 04 Come A Little Closer * 05 Pull Me Under * 06 Supernova * 07 Always Within Me * 08 Feeding Frenzy * 09 After All This Time * 10 Witness * 11 First Ending (Bonus)

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WEBLINKS: www.kipwinger.com


Background
As one of the most acclaimed releases of 2009 it's taken a while to get to 'Karma' here at Glory Daze, but better late than never. 2006's 'IV' was described by most as too heavy handed, with little of the melody or accessibility of Winger's earlier output. It was still a decent hard rock album however, but with 'Karma' the band decided to return to a basic style, both melodically and musically. With such talent onboard Winger are capable of almost anything and the result here is stunning, at one turn heavy metal, the next AOR.


The Songs
The opening pair of 'Deal With The Devil' and 'Stone Cold Killer' show just how heaviness and melody can be harnessed to perfection. The band still has that trademark sound that defined them in the late 80's and early 90's, only now the riffs are heavier than ever. Believe it or not, this is the sound of a band at their peak. 'Big World Away' is metal in the verses, just listen to the riffs, yet the chorus has Winger circa 1990 written all over it. A palatable combination indeed. In the same style is 'Come A Little Closer,' with some stand out vocal harmonies from Kip. The AOR melody of 'Pull Me Under' is flawless, with some great synths backing it up. Epic hard rock workouts are still part of the equation, 'Supernova' cashing in on some huge riffs and hooks, but ballads still ease their way in, 'Always Within Me' an AOR track of real merit. The downtuned heaviness of 'Feeding Frenzy' sums the album up however, despite a pair of long ballads in 'After All These Years' and 'Witness'.


In Summary
A strong effort which won the band a ton of deserved plaudits. It's satisfying to see Winger gaining such acclaim after so much adversity during the 90's. The skill of each member is on show here and the guitar work is easily the most aggressive ever heard from Winger. This puts many one time comtemporaries to shame and with luck the band will continue on this path for a long while yet.


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#1 | gdazegod on May 05 2010 04:55:17
I need to give this a good listen. It's been one of those albums that has been quietly shuffled off to the side.
#2 | swazi on May 05 2010 09:25:12
And un-rightfully so, George! It's a really awesome release! Definitely one of my faves in 2009.
#3 | george_the_jack on May 05 2010 16:47:38
This is a strong album indeed! Mature and greatly produced.
 
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