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Warrant - 2011 Rockaholic



ARTIST: Warrant
ALBUM: Rockaholic
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 514
YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robert Mason - vocals * Joey Allen - guitar * Erik Turner - guitar * Jerry Dixon - bass * Steven Sweet - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sex Ain't Love * 02 Innocence Gone * 03 Snake * 04 Dusty's Revenge * 05 Home * 06 What Love Can Do * 07 Life's A Song * 08 Show Must Go On * 09 Cocaine Freight Train * 10 Found Forever * 11 Candy Man * 12 Sunshine * 13 Tears In The City * 14 The Last Straw

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WEBLINKS: warrantrocks.com


Background
If there's one thing Warrant can be given credit for it's hanging in there. In the depressed marketplace for any form of music it's pretty hard to imagine any album with Warrant's name on it will shift more than ten thousand copies worldwide. Regardless the band seems to have found a new lease on their career with Robert Mason at the helm and although the band will never be able to shake their few years of commercial viability from 1988-91, at least they're trying. I wonder how many people realise this is only the bands second studio album since 1996 however? Very few I'd say. Who remembers 'Belly to Belly Volume One'?


The Songs
Like 2006's 'Born Again' with Jaime St. James on vocals, Warrant try hard here to rediscover their hard rock roots from the distant 80's. Like so many releases these days there are 14 tracks to slog through, which gets a bit much. This is a problem I found with the recent Whitesnake yawner. The first four tracks provide a good foundation, all quality Sunset Strip hard rock, drenched in 80's values, right up there with King Kobra's latest. 'Sex 'Ain't Love' is pure 1989, very LA Guns based and 'Dusty's Revenge' has a blues tinge that recalls the heaviness of 1992's 'Dog Eat Dog'. Ballads come thick and fast, namely 'Home', Found Forever' and 'Tears In The City.' They aren't terrible, but it's the full-scale rockers that make this worthy, especially 'Cocaine Freight Train' and 'The Last Straw', both displaying how heavy Warrant can be when their fancy takes them. Of course they tried this back in 1992 but were derided as posers and talentless. The rest of the material is adequate, 'Candyman' and 'Show Must Go On' the pick of the bunch.


In Summary
Truly a no frills album with plenty of melody and aggression fused together and I think there must be an element of satisfaction for the band, who have outlived the bands who supposedly brought their world down back in the early 90's. Granted the audience has shrunk, but the fact Warrant are still here is proof someone still cares. Mason's excellent vocals ensure Jani Lane remains forgotten and musically these guys are better than their days of platinum records and arena tours. An admirable effort that proves this kind of hard rock will always survive.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 07 2011 20:51:47
Jani's not forgotten by me. The guy has had his problems, but for me he remains the voice of Warrant and - 'Belly To Belly' aside - a very underrated song writer. This is a good album, but to me it's not Warrant.
#2 | george_the_jack on May 08 2011 00:52:33
A pretty good comeback for Warrant IMO.Certainly it's not a breathtaking or a classy number but it's also way better compared to what they had been doing with Jaime on vocals...
#3 | spawn71 on May 10 2011 13:28:27
Pretty average, for me... Really nothing special here! Anyway, nothing in common with the highs of the Jani Lane's era... Yes, Mason can sing, but he's not a top song writer...
 
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