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Winger - 2014 Better Days Comin'

ARTIST: Winger
ALBUM: Better Days Comin'
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine * 02 Queen Babylon * 03 Rat Race * 04 Better Days Comin' * 05 Tin Soldier * 06 Ever Wonder * 07 So Long China * 08 Storm In Me * 09 Be Who You Are, Now * 10 Out Of This World



It's been a staggering five years already since Winger was last heard from on the excellent 'Karma'. In that time I'd all but forgotten they existed, making this new album a pleasant surprise. It's even harder to believe it's been 26 years since the classic debut, making the band veritable rock survivors, even with their various periods of dormancy. Not much has changed musically since 'Karma' with this album settling into the same melodic hard rock ground covered on that album. This is a positive note, as even at this stage the band continues to expand their sound while still retaining the basic framework of their original lineup all those decades ago.

The Songs
There's an element of class about everything Winger does, with their throwback hard rock approach played to the utmost heights. Wisely the album opens with a tried and true rocker 'Midnight Rider Of A Love Machine' which captures a wicked sense of aural bombast from the veterans. The synth touches that open 'Queen Babylon' provide a link to Winger's AOR past, the track overall a superb slice of melodic rock. 'Rat Race' is heavy metal in execution, with some deft riffs from Beach and Roth, a potent pairing judging by the last two albums. The title track recalls almost every era of Winger's history, sounding one minute like 1993's 'Pull' but then with a chorus that has shades of 1990 about it. It's funky in places, but all together it comes off flawlessly. 'Tin Soldier' is somewhat serious, a heavy-handed ode to war with some progressive keyboard effects, but again is highly accomplished. The inevitable ballad 'Ever Wonder' suits the early 90's once more musically, the guitar solo on the epic side. The momentum is never lost, with other standout songs including 'So Long China' and the 80's tinged 'Be Who You Are Now'.

In Summary
It appears Winger can do no wrong when it comes to their rare forays into the studio and this is another example of hard rock precision from one of the more talented bands still remaining in the genre. It would be welcome to see more new music from Winger, but in the meantime just enjoy it while it lasts.

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#1 | Jez on April 25 2014 15:23:43
Been playing this all day..really strong album I think. 'So Long China' is especially good and I really like the variation and pace of the album as well. Great stuff.
#2 | gdazegod on April 29 2014 11:25:20
Winger - Rat Race

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#3 | gdazegod on April 29 2014 11:26:09
Winger - Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine

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#4 | gdazegod on April 29 2014 11:27:05
Winger - Tin Soldier

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