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Without The Night
State Of Emergency
Time To Surrender
Higher And Higher
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Ok folks, it's the late 1980s... Heavy-Metal Hair Rock bands were in
their prime -- bands such as Warrant, Poison and the very popular Bon Jovi.
From New York, the band Winger, featuring leader Kip Winger, debuted with
their self-titled release in 1988. Two hits would emerge from this album,
"Seventeen" and the very popular "Headed For A Heartbreak."
Yet Winger would not be as popular as the bands mentioned in this paragraph,
Winger's sound on this album would be typical of the bands that appeared
The leadoff track, "Madalaine," is your typical '80s
Hair band sound, comparing to the likes of Warrant and Poison.
(Ho hum, they all sounded alike...) "Hungry" also has
the typical '80s Hair Band sound, yet it has some impressive
classical arrangements at its beginning. (Note: Kip Winger had
studied classical guitar before forming the band.)
The popular hit "Seventeen" has a good hard rock sound,
compared to the likes of Sammy Hagar / Van Halen. Bon Jovi can be
compared on the ballad "Without The Night." The remake of
the Hendrix classic "Purple Haze" is here, not a very
impressive version, yet it has a harder rock sound (obviously).
"State Of Emergency" is another typical one, a good
impressive song, and a good album track, which given more exposure,
could have been another popular hit. A harder rock edge sound is
heard on songs such as "Time To Surrender", "Poison Angel"
and the bonus track "Higher And Higher." Does the beginning
of "Hangin On" sound like the intro (yet yet fast-paced) to
Prince's Purple Rain? Overall, its another typical '80s Hair Band
Winger is a good album, and yet it does sound just as any
of the popular Hair Bands at the time, this album's music is just
another typical Hair Band release. Nothing negative, it's just that
other bands in this style were much more popular than Winger, and
received much more exposure. Winger has its moments, some
songs better than others, yet it's just another typical '80s Heavy-Metal
Hair Band album.
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