Winger, Better Days Comin’, 2014

winger - better days cominEven though this is from the previous year, I still wanted to pay attention to this release. And if you ask why you probably haven’t heard it yourself :). Yeah I know that the band endured some bashing in the past and were not taken seriously by a number of people, press and rock fans alike. But that has always puzzled me.

This band consists of top notch musicians only. Kip Winger on bass and vocals is a powerhouse, what a voice! And if you check his solo work you will find out he is so much more. Guitarists Reb Beach and John Roth are very much in demand and drummer Rod Morgenstein has quite the artistic pedigree as well. And they write damn catchy tunes that go way past the standard pop – rock song. These songs have depth, groove and besides the melodies a lot of excellent playing and soloing. So that makes for an album that impresses on first listening and still keeps getting better after you listen to it repeatedly. The variety on offer is great. From fast and furious in Rat Race, to heavy melodic in Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine, with some very tight playing in the details. Tin Soldier is quite progressive by nature and Ever Wonder is a beautiful song with chilling delivery.

To me this is up there with my personal favourites In The Heart Of The Young and Pull, awesome!

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Winger, Karma, 2009

winger - karmaMust say I never quite understood the Winger bashing when they started out. Guess they could not care less as it did not stop them from scoring a couple of hits in the early days. Still they turned left somewhere down the road and stuck with the music they cared about. Thus delivering us some pretty entertaining albums. After a period in which they all went their separate ways (and Kip Winger releasing some stunning solo work in a much more progressive style as well as a mandatory live acoustic disk) they have returned to recording again.

And in 2009 that brought us Karma. Opening with some fierce tracks like Deal With The Devil and Stone Cold Killer, they prove they still know how to write rocking tunes with catchy hooks and some flashy solos from Reb Beach. And could it really be this is heavier than ever?
But I am also happy to report some more expanded songs have found their way to the album. Supernova,  After All this Time and Witness all clock in at 6 to 7 minutes and go way past the verse – chorus routines. And with bonus track First Ending they prove even more that boundaries only exist in the minds of the narrow, as that is a lovely piano piece.

So for me another great Winger album with huge choruses and killer songs. Keep ´em coming!

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