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24 Strings And A Drummer
(Frontiers Records - 2012)
Night Ranger celebrate their 30th anniversary with a special album, it's all live and acoustic at 24 Strings And A Drummer. No need to talk about the skills of the band members, it would be like carrying coals to Newcastle!
This release is a CD+DVD release, but unfortunately I can't say anything about the DVD, coz we only got the audio tracks. But the show was recorded in front of a small audience, so it's up close and personal. Don't think you can go wrong with that...
If you like Night Ranger and if you have Tesla's Five Men Acoustical Jam and MSG's Unplugged Live in your collection and still enjoys them, then it's time to get a copy of 24 Strings And A Drummer!
Somewhere In California
(Frontiers Records - 2011)
Night Ranger is back with Somewhere In California, their 10th studio album. The guys kick off with Growin' Up In California, an autobiographical (?) song. They choose this one for a video, so you can check it out here:
Real summer time feel, even if the rain is pouring outside your window which it does while I'm writing this review. Let them infect you with the sound of summer!
The following Lay It On Me offers a heavy riff and a highly infectious hookline. The fivesome manages to sound modern with the true 80's feel. After the slightly melancholy Bye Bye Baby they head into Follow Your Heart, a song which shows 70's rock elements and slowly gets into your gray mass. Another arena rock anthem. Time to slow down. Time Of Our Lives is a piano-based ballad with acoustic guitars and a positive vibe, especially during the refrain.
Another summer time tune is No Time To Lose Ya. A catchy AOR rocker which will get you into party mood.... This song make you think of a beach party, BBQ, everything you want to do at a warm summer day / night.
One of my favorites is End Of The Day, a classic rock track with a soaring guitar. A memorable guitar melody leads you into the tune, then the vocals set in and Jack Blades vocals hook you up. His expressive vocals ennoble the tune, an ear catcher! After another rocker they close this chapter with slightly sentimental AOR tune called Say It With Love. It reminds me slightly of Diamond Dave's California Girls, but it's just the songs feel.
Night Ranger deliver a great AOR album right in time for the summer. Enjoy it!
Hole In The Sun
(Frontiers - 2007)
Its been almost a decade since Night Ranger released Seven, but now they are back with Hole In The Sun. Usually there is only one or two original members left after so many years, but in case of Night Ranger 4/5 are there right from the start. Only keyboarder Michael Lardie is new and replaces Alan 'Fitz' Gerald. First Lardie was just hired for touring, but now entered the studio with them.
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