The only band that could make Winger look edgy
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 08/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the last "hair metal" bands to achieve mainstream success, MTV prettyboys Danger Danger took the Hollywood hair metal sound and systematically stripped it of anything remotely dangerous, leaving behind catchy pop hooks, saccharine sweet ballads, sixth-grader lyrics and plenty of hairspray. Honestly, they had as much in common with New Kids on the Block as they did with Motley Crue.
For some reason, Danger Danger is pretty highly regarded in AOR/melodic rock circles. I'm not entirely sure why. Aside from a couple of catchy singles, Danger Danger couldn't hold a candle to bands like Tyketto, Giant or Von Groove. Still, it's hard to deny some of the insanely melodic songs on the band's 1989 self-titled album. "Naughty Naughty" and "Bang Bang" were the big hits from the album, but I'll take the keyboard-laden, Night Ranger-sounding "Rock America" or the rockin' "Boys Will Be Boys" over those juvenile anthems any day. Slower songs like "Don't Walk Away" and "Feels Like Love" are also pretty good for what they are.
I suppose this qualifies as a guilty pleasure. I know why it's silly and why I shouldn't like it, but it's pretty hard to resist. I'll give it 3 stars for nostalgia and sheer fun. It's the metal equivalent of cotton candy, but hey, it's still better than the Bulletboys debut!"
The Very Deffinition of Cheesy Hair Metal
Oliverio Casas | Montevideo, Uruguay | 07/23/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"As much as poppy happy-go-lucky pretty boy hair metal bands like White Lion, Warrant, Winger and Slaughter are routinely blamed for heavy metal's fall from grace after Nirvana's Nevermind, the aforementioned bands at least had the decency to write good pop songs and avoided sounding like a keyboard-laced, emasculated Bon Jovi clone.
No such luck here pal, everything in this disgraceful album reeks more cheesines than a truckload of industrial strength limburger, while making the effeminate AORish pop metal stylings of Nelson sound like Pantera on steroids by comparisson. The music contained in this CD is so incredibly calculated to maximize its radio airplay and crossover potential that I find it really hard to believe that actual human beings were involved in its conception and recording... I prefer to imagine that it's what you get when a team of Tom Scholz-like studio wizards in white lab coats run a Bon Jovi songwriting duplication algorithm through a supercomputer and feed the results to a giant syntheziser programmed to sound like an even steriler version of Deff Leppard's Hysteria, if that's even conceivable... and please, don't even get me started on those dumb, childish, and embarrasing double word song titles.
This is it, the softest, girliest, most annoying and ultimately worst pop/hair metal album I've ever heard and the absolute lowest point of my 25+ years of heavy metal listening... and this coming from a guy who in the height of Beavis and Butthead's popularity in 1995 claimed that Winger were great musicians that wrote very interesting pop songs despite their fruity image.
Be forewarned: listening to songs like Bang Bang, Naughty Naughty (really, nobody told the guys how dumb double word titles sound?) and Rock America will bring upon you an avalanch of arthery clogging, health-wrecking cheese that will send your cholesterol levels thorugh the roof and possibly kill you if you have a heart condition."