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Album Review

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. [A CD/DVD version added videos of "Rat Race" and "Better Days Comin'," and a making-of-Better Days Comin' DVD.]

Customer Reviews


Great album!!!! The layers in these songs are fantastic. Great vocals Kip!!!!! Great guitars and drum work.

Welcome back!

This new song from the Winger guys is a nice, fast paced guitar driven track. If it is any indication of the new album as a whole, then we should expect it to be the heaviest of their career. Still, I have always loved the melodic keyboard based music, derived from superior musicianship and excellent songwriting that has become the standard from this band. If the album is close to the high bar set by 2009's criminally underrated Karma album, then I will buy it. Great job guys!


The band Winger just keeps proving over and over again just how awesome they can be! They are like a fine wine ... they improve with age!!


Formed: 1986 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A former member of Alice Cooper's band, bassist Kip Winger formed his own group in 1986; in addition to vocalist/bassist Winger, the group featured guitarist Reb Beach, bassist Paul Taylor, and drummer Rod Morgenstein, formerly of the Dixie Dregs. Taking their name from their leader after a last-minute change from Sahara, Winger specialized in the stylish pop-metal that sent Bon Jovi and Poison to the top of the charts. The band's eponymous debut sold over a million copies on the strength of the...
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