Hole in the Sun
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I thought Neverland and Seven were both very good CD's. Hole In The Sun one ups both Neverland and Seven. It is an AWESOME ROCKING CD!!
The band never sounded better. Their songs and musicianship keeps getting better. Highlights of this CD so far for me are: Tell Your Vision, Drama Queen, This Is Life, and one of the best songs they have ever done 'You're Gonna Hear From Me'. All four are CLASSIC Night Ranger songs.
The entire CD is excellent, and I have listened to nothing but it since it arrived at my door a little over a week ago.
It may be pricey, but it's 100% worth the cost.
GREAT JOB Night Ranger!!!!! You keep getting better!!!!!!!!
"Hole in the Sun" rocks more than previous Night Ranger albums. And it doesn't really have the big ballad that many people probably expect from a Night Ranger album. But all in all, this may be Night Ranger's best album ever. It has quality songs front to back. And even though they have updated their sound for 2008, they avoid sounding like 40-somethings who are trying to fit in with the 23-year olds. Even though there's no new contender to be the next "Sister Christian" or "Goodbye", the new songs sound like logical extensions of things like "Rock In America" and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", so it's not like they are trying to turn into Metallica or Creed or anything like that. Just good hard Night Ranger music.
On to the album: Wow..... If you didn't understand that, I mean WOW..... and if that didn't get your attention I really mean WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This band never ceases to amaze me at how they can evolve and continue to make music that is both inherently Night Ranger, but up to date in its sound, and structure. Yes there is the dreggier Brad Gillis shredding, but accompanied by Jeff Watson's rock solid rhythm you can't go wrong.
For those that said Nederland was a flop, you may want to give this a listen; this AIN'T the Nederland Night Ranger. This is more like the Seven Night Ranger.
This cd is being advertised as the 8th Night Ranger release, so I can only assume that Feeding off the Mojo didn't count in this because it's only 2 of the 5 original members. By my count, it is actually the 9th release as I really enjoyed Feeding.
Needless to say, if you don't know Night Ranger, check this cd out. If you like the Classic Night Ranger, you can hear it within these tracks, but the total sound is a Night Ranger for the 21st century. And if you are one of those hypercritical people that never have anything good to say about GOOD music, you might want to move on.
And that's all I have to say about that.....
Get this cd, sit back and enjoy.
"Tell Your Vision" is a killer guitar track. The track kicks off like a sonic boom of guitars, and the solos are just as wild. "Drama Queen" is clever and witty, and everyone knows someone one just like the girl they're talking about. Ranger mixes it up with a blusey-groove here. "You're Gonna Hear From Me" is a drum-heavy arena rocker with that sing-along flow to it. "There is Life" really touches the heart with it's lyrics. "Fool in Me" is an acoustic ballad that surely could have been an outtake from a Shaw/Blades album. "Wrap It Up" recalls the Night Ranger hey-day with loud guitars and toe-tapping grooves.
The production on this album is God awful. Terrible. My guess is there was a quick re-shuffle of recordings after Jeff Watson left. At least I hope that's what it is. I'd hate to think that Night Ranger just doesn't have it anymore. To be fair, two Watson penned tracks are still included. However, they are the two that most resemble Night Ranger in the 80s.
Despite it's great guitar work, the vocals on "Tell Your Vision" are just plain bad. Blades and Keagy are trying to harmonize, but they're styles conflict too much. "Whatever Happened" is just not Night Ranger. Sounds more like Nirvana making an attempt a melody. As great as I thought the lyrics were to "There is Life," it sort of has a "Sister Christian" quality to it. You can relate to the message on "Rockstar" with today's music scene, but if you can stand the vocals, your a bigger person than me.
They two acoustic bonus tracks ("Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sister Christian") were well-done, but were already released on a prior album.
Maybe it's me. Maybe I just want Night Ranger to sound like they did twenty years ago.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never asked for a refund on a CD but his one would certainly qualify. Having lost track of the band over the years I saw it there on Amazon with Seven and Neverland, but the... Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by SDH
This is terrible who told them to release this. What happened to the group who released dont tell me you love me and you can still rock in america. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Jon Heggy
I cna't wait to give this for valentines day. It is his favorite band and he does not have this CD yet. I am sure he will be thrilled. Very well packaged!Published on December 28, 2012 by kelpiemom
This is so bad. I dont know if they were drunk, high..or what when they wrote it. I love NR., always have...but this is so awful..
Sorry guys... Read more
Let me begin with a track by track analysis.
Tell Your Vision is an excellent opener. Just a good rockin' tune. Read more
I am so glad that not all eighties bands just redo the same stuff they did in the eighties. The music has matured from record company directed ballads to kick-ass music with a... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Nizza
Godd melodic album with some good songs. Not as good as the original stuff, but they are older. Glad they didn't change their style like other bands. Worth a listen. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by The Real Rock