They will never understand ...
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 07/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Critics of hair metal albums will never get it. I surrender, I'm tired of trying to explain them what this music means for us that lived the eighties as "twenties" (being guitar players by the way!). I'm even tired of trying to explain them that melody is the most important thing in music and that you don't have to judge a tune for the gear the band used at the time or for their look. They will never understand the irresistible mixture of chops and melody that hair metal music was about. So I quit. Unlucky for them they are probably too young to understand: if it is so they probably lived their youth in the absolute overall worst period for music (grunge ARGHHHHHHHHHHH) so I'm sorry for them. Or probably they are too old so they grew up in the pre-Van Halen period, so to me are dinosaurs. But in one ways or another they were not in their twenties in those days and didn't live the energy, the excitment of the eighties and of the good music that was produced at the time. I do, so I can't do nothing but absolutly love this album which to me stands out as one of the best of those days. I remember that I used to pick my friends up with my car for our "guitar safaris" with this music cranked out loud ... we traveled, we did buy guitars, we had fun, we learn, we laughed, we loved with this music. It's in my heart. I love this album from its beginning to its end and even if many guys who either love this album pointed out "The secret of my success" as the worst tune here, I don't know, I don't agree, I still like it very much! It seems to me that it perfectly fits the mood of the album instead. But the tune that I love the most is absolutly "Love is standing near" which is a stellar example of hair metal (rock with strong melodic hooks plus guitar chops,... try to beat it guys, try it). But in the end say whatever you want people, I'm absolutly happy to be a "poser guitar player from the eighties" just like Jeff and Brad here =))) and to have my memories coloured by this music, which is extremely warm, melodic, in two words just beautiful music! Totally mindblowing! Sorry if you're not one of us."
Not the best, but not the worst Night Ranger release
Johnman | Corpus Christi, TX | 11/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was actually a pretty good release. The intro to "Big Life" is a killer. The "Color Of Your Smile" reminds me of ELO's "Turn To Stone". Great guitar work from the dynamic duo, as usual."