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Winger's Better Days Comin' is a logical follow up to the critically acclaimed Karma, which was hailed as one of the band's best releases of their career. Better Days Comin' is an amazing new record where the four band members: Kip Winger (ex-Alice Cooper), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse) and John Roth (Starship, Giant) shine with an intense display of incredible instrumental and vocal prowess. A fine set of hard rock songs with an uncanny sense of melody and absolutely stellar musical performances.
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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Music Srl
  • ASIN: B00I45814A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,694 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Winger have always been a band you can rely on for quality musicianship and Better Days Comin' is their excellent new album that shows they still have a lot to offer fans of melodic rock. The album is produced, engineered, and mixed by band leader Kip Winger who has always produced high quality albums throughout his career. The sound is huge with lots of killer riffs and musical passages forming the basis for his strong and emotional vocals to cut through. Reb Beach and John Roth absolutely nail the guitar riffs and solos and Rod Morgenstein puts in another great drumming performance that brings life to each song. Highlights include the hard hitting opening track "Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine", the stunning riffs and keyboard textures of "Queen Babylon", the progressive sounding rock of "Tin Soldiers", the existential sentiment of "Ever Wonder", the signature Winger rock groove of "Storm In Me", and the epic closing track "Out Of This World" that weaves a darkly building atmosphere leading to a huge guitar solo. The deluxe edition comes with the essential bonus track "Another Beautiful Day" and a making of the album short film along with film clips for "Rat Race" and "Better Days Comin'". Despite the fact that Better Days Comin' doesn't quite hit the brilliant heights of their previous album Karma, Winger have given fans a strong album that delivers everything you love about this highly musical group of rock survivors. Definitely one of the best albums of the year so far - 4.5 stars.
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I will start with my bias: I am a "new" Winger fan who started listening to the group when Karma came out. I knew a few songs from the 80's and 90's, but nothing extensive. I now own the entire Winger collection, and have seen them live.

With that said, the best way I can describe this album is a mix between IV and a little heavier version of Karma. Does that make sense? It has many moments of the progressive rock sound of IV, but at the same time, it has some very heavy rockers that are even deeper than the heaviest in Karma, but similar. In Karma, Reb Beach went off like he was never going to play guitar again. On this one, he and John Roth combine for a slightly different approach: more rhythmic, but not holding back at all. Kip's voice somehow sounds even better on this than on Karma. Drums are always amazing on Winger albums, but one thing I noticed on this one was a few times I thought Rod Morgenstein was trying to kill me with his playing. Extremely hard and driving at certain times. I love it.

They also slow it down a bit on a few songs, and have a funk-inspired sound in "Better Days Comin'". There is truly something here for everyone.

CONCLUSION: If you liked IV or Karma, you will like this. If you liked both, you will love this. The best part about the album is that you can tell the group is not trying to "be" anything. They are simply making music that they want to make, love it or leave it.

I've made my choice.
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Winger – Better Days Comin’
Written by The Rock Man

I think Winger is one of the most underrated hard rock groups in music history. For decades I have been trying to wrap my head around it and I can’t. This is a very talented band that have released some of the best albums I’ve heard over the past 26 years, yet they have been the butt of jokes on TV shows such as Beavis And Butt-Head and King Of The Hill, and still I wonder, why?

Between 1988 and 1993 the band released three albums, Winger, In The Heart Of The Young and Pull, each as different from the other before calling it a day. The band would reunite and release new material in 2006 with IV and Karma in 2009. Which brings us to 2014, some five years later and the release of their new album Better Days Comin’.

The album kicks off with Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine. The track starts off with the sound effect of a car door closing, an engine starting and the faint sounds of Winger on the stereo before driving away, which made me think, I’ve heard this kind of thing before, what was it? … Oh that’s right, Kiss did it on Detroit Rock City. It worked well then and does still today. The guitars and vocals kick in and we begin what is a most satisfying track, lots of melodics going on here. Queen Babylon follows next, this is the type of stuff I think Winger does best, again lots of melody especially in the chorus and the guitar is quite meaty as well with this very slight Middle Eastern sound flowing through it.
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When I had heard that Winger had finally put out a new studio album back in 2009 I was pretty geared up to listen to it and Karma did not disappoint. I consider that release to be Winger's finest. It was a fantastic rock album that grabbed you from the beginning and just didn't let you go. With songs like Come A Little Closer, Stone Cold Killer, Deal With The Devil, Big World Away and the timeless Pull Me Under I listened to that release non-stop. As you can imagine I was quite happy when I learned of Better Days Comin' was soon to be released. However, upon listening to it, I could only think that 4 1/2 years between releases might have been too long for Winger. Don't get me wrong, this release is a decent enough rock album, but it lost almost all of the steam that Karma had built up. Only one tune, So Long China, caught me on the first listen, and even now after multiple listens I can easily say that I only really enjoy four or five tunes on this release, Midnight Driver, Rat Race, Storm in Me and Another Beautiful Day joining So Long China as the standout tracks. For me, it's lacking the energy, strength and pure fun factor of Karma and comes off as borderline dull in places. It's a real shame, but Winger may have raised the bar too high with Karma. I'll give this release a few more listens, but more than likely I'll end up putting a few tunes into a mix and then shelving the rest of the release. I hope that they find the magic spark from Karma for any possible future releases.
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