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Better Days Comin'

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like most hair metal bands, Winger took retirement in the '90s, fading away after their 1993 album -- Pull, which reached a respectable 83 on the Billboard charts -- then worked a comeback that began in 2006 with IV. Better Days Comin', the group's sixth album, arrived eight years later, at the point when '90s nostalgia started to fade and old-fashioned workmanship began to take hold. Certainly, the Winger of 2014 aren't unrecognizable from the Winger of 1989 -- they share some of the same lyrical and musical attack, while guitarist Reb Beach still adheres to his heavily chorused distortion -- but if the arena-filling stomp is still present, it no longer feels ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like most hair metal bands, Winger took retirement in the '90s, fading away after their 1993 album -- Pull, which reached a respectable 83 on the Billboard charts -- then worked a comeback that began in 2006 with IV. Better Days Comin', the group's sixth album, arrived eight years later, at the point when '90s nostalgia started to fade and old-fashioned workmanship began to take hold. Certainly, the Winger of 2014 aren't unrecognizable from the Winger of 1989 -- they share some of the same lyrical and musical attack, while guitarist Reb Beach still adheres to his heavily chorused distortion -- but if the arena-filling stomp is still present, it no longer feels as hedonistic, not even when Winger are singing about a "Midnight Driver of a Love Machine," which they do on the opening song here. This is a considered blend of nostalgia and craft, and if the craft is employed toward big, dumb hair metal songs spiked with the occasional stab at big thoughts ("Better Days Comin'," "Tin Soldier"), so be it. Winger aren't living in the past but they're not denying who they are, they're simply plowing ahead playing the way they've always played, sometimes slipping into slight self-parody (again, it's hard to look beyond "Midnight Driver of a Love Machine") but also coming up with the occasional bit of skyscraping '80s AOR like "So Long China," whose presence is reason enough for this album to exist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2014
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • EAN: 8024391064221
  • Catalog Number: 1064221
  • Sales rank: 3,475

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Winger Primary Artist
Reb Beach Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Rod Morgenstein Drums, Group Member
John Roth Guitar, Vocals, Soloist, Group Member
Marco Giovino Percussion
Cenk Eroglu Keyboards
Paula Winger Vocals
C.F. Kip Winger Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Winger Composer
Reb Beach Composer
John Roth Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Chris Corey Band Photo
Denise Truscello Band Photo
Cenk Eroglu Sound Effects
C.F. Kip Winger Producer, Engineer
Pride Smith Artwork
Dan Hubp Producer, Direction
Jason Green Producer, Direction, Management
Deeandra Swab Administration
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