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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 07/19/1988
Genre: HEAVY METAL
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I don't know who created this term "hair bands" to describe late-80's heavy metal groups but it's a bit annoying. Yeah, I realize they had "big hair" (hence the label) but I just look at groups such as Winger, White Lion, and the like as great bands of the late-80's who could write and sing their own songs (creating some great ballads in the process) who were, unfortunately, flushed out by "grunge" bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam in the early-90's.
For shame because Winger and company were a talented group of musicians. - Donna Di Giacomo
"Madalaine" was their first single and is just the latest in a long line of women over whom a warning sign should be placed: "Beware the girl/beware the pain." Pretty intense guitars and power vocals here, as there are in many of the other songs.
Their use of actual strings on the melodic soft portions of "Hungry" must count for something where others were using synths. The rest of the song is straight up slow metal.
The hard-rocking and hook-catchy "Seventeen" was the second single I heard from them. I will have to say KISS had that beat with "Christine Sixteen" via the age of the girl, but the forbidden love aspect is hinted with "Daddy says she's too young/but she's old enough for me." Love that fiery guitar solo towards the end.
With its keyboards and lighter electric guitar, "Without The Night" could've been a good power ballad single, just as good as "Headed For A Heartbreak."
Their take on "Purple Haze" is definitely heavier than the original, and while there is some aping of Hendrix's guitar, probably Dweezil Zappa's left-side solo, it's still an exercise in bombastic hard metal.Read more ›
What I wanted to point out is that there are subtle things that make these songs great...different 'background' type sounds that make the songs funky or make you hungry to hear them again. (pun intended on 'hungry'!)
For example, on "Seventeen" there is a fabulous center section where the guitar riffs are sexy and fun, and the rhythms change...it really adds to the song, it isn't just 'plop plop, plop plop' with the same rhythm throughout the song, which in my opinion, gets very boring!
Yes, Winger has slightly cheesy lyrics as was mentioned (on some songs) but the quality of the songs is not to be overlooked!
Top songs (IMO) are almost all the songs, notably Seventeen, Madalaine, Hungry, Without the Night (which I also agree is a great midtempo ballad!) and Headed for a Heartbreak. Maybe I am the one of the only people to like this, but I think the Purple Haze cover is actually quite hot, and an interesting interpretation!
Please pick this cd up, it truly rocks, and since I have picked up the cd version recently, I can't keep it out of my radio!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great cd! I love some of it. Could have been a little bit better though.Published 4 months ago by ariel rosenthal
One of my faves from the 80s. ...Used to have it on cassette back then, left it on my dash and sun ruined it. LOLPublished 5 months ago by Jim
If you like Winger then obviously you will have this, their breakout album, in your collection. They have a new album out call "Better Days Comin'", I'll be getting that... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by M. Goodman