- Audio CD (October 16, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Frontiers Music Srl
- ASIN: B002MVO3T4
- Average Customer Review: 103 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,446 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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2009 release from the veteran AOR/Hard Rockers. The inspiration for the album came about at the end of 2008, when Kip had the vision to melt the more commercial, heavier and song oriented approach of the first two albums with the more 'thinking-man' approach of the last two studio records. Hence the title, Karma, which represents Winger completing its full musical circle. The result is an amazing new record where the four band members: Kip, Reb, Rod and John Roth shine with an incredible instrumental and vocal prowess at the service of superb Hard Rock songs but with an uncanny sense of melody. 11 tracks. Frontiers.
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Karma shows a more mature and deeper voice from Kip Winger. The sound is a bit darker and deeper than their early stuff. It is just fantastic - I love the fuller richer sound and am really impressed by how talented the band is. Unlike some bands, they have improved and from what I've heard of the Compilation, they started out great. "Supernova" and "Stone Cold Killer" are standouts to me so far but I haven't heard one that deserves to be unchecked. I hope the band gets back together and keeps putting out more songs.
Karma picks up where IV left off in terms of it's prog leanings - sneaky little time turn arounds and complicated runs, but capitalizes on the melodic work of both the Sahara (self-titled) and Pull albums. There are two main things to note about this new offering. 1) It's HEAVY. Really heavy - heavier than anything on Pull, which is saying a lot. 2) John Roth. New to the band with IV, Roth has infused a bluesy sensibility to the songwriting, and his solos on this record are phenomenal. A definite asset to the camp.
Can I also say, as I do in every review of a Winger release, how amazing Kip's voice is after all these years? It's an ongoing frustration to hear guys like Jagger, Walsh, and the like, warbling away to the accolades of critics everywhere, and Kip can't seem to get arrested. But ye gods, his Voice! It's amazing, and his range continues to impress. It's certainly got a lot more bite to it than usual. Here's a man who knows how to capitalize on his strengths.
In short, this album is the culmination of everything the band has excelled at on the previous four releases. A very tight, focused, heavy, and sensible step in the right direction for a criminally underrated and stereotyped band. It's good to have them back again.
I bought "Pull" years ago...got it used for $3, figuring "well, if it has one good 'Headed for a Heartbreak' kind of song like their first CD, it'll be worth the $3." Money well spent, as the whole disc is phenomenal.
I think "Karma" is actually better. The band is tighter than ever, Kip's vocals have actually improved with age, and the songs strike that great but rare balance of melodic-and-catchy yet interesting from a musicianship perspective.
It's probably worth the purchase price just for "Witness"...Reb Beach's 2-minute-long guitar solo at the end of that song is one of the best I've heard in a while...technically great, full of emotion, and never gets boring. It's almost like a combination of the solos from Dream Theater's "Under a Glass Moon," Prince's "Purple Rain," and Living Color's "Cult of Personality" (with a touch of attitude a la Tore Ostby from the AMAZING bands Conception and Ark (Trust me: You NEED Ark's "Burn The Sun" CD)).
Simply put, if you're even *looking* at a Winger CD listing, you should own this disc.
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This is just a fantastic hard rock release.
Tons of guitars, huge choruses, great lyrics, their heaviest release by far.
Not a bad track.