Album review: Winger

WINGER: BETTER DAYS COMIN’ WINGER album cover

European release April 18th 2014
North America April 22nd 2014

It’s been almost five years since Winger last released a full-length album, but their new record ‘Better Days Comin’ has definitely been worth the wait – it’s no less than fuckin’ great! While listening to the record, I got a mysterious need for simultaneously watching the movies Days of Thunder and Blade Runner as well as guzzle ice-cold draft beers, chilling on the grass hill at Sweden Rock Festival, mourning an ended teen romance, and kissing a guy senseless at a Winger concert! Yes well, no doubt this record brings forth a lot of diverse – and somewhat nostalgic – moods. Also, not a single track on the record sounds the same, which is in itself mighty refreshing. Better Days Comin’ is a conglomerate of musical nuances featuring everything from hard rock & heavy to war metal, stoner, psychedelic, 80s electronica and cinematic grandeur. The title track even mixes classic rock with ‘hallelujah happy’ funk verging on corny, but the bass line is just so groovy that you gotta love it anyway. My advice is to play this record on maximum volume – especially the track ‘Rat Race’ which totally knocks you out! Enjoy the ride!

Tracklist
Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine; Queen Babylon; Rat Race; Better Days Comin’; Tin Soldier; Ever Wonder; So Long China; Storm In Me; Be Who You Are, Now; Another Beautiful Day (*); Out Of This World. 

Line up

Kip Winger – lead vocal and bass
Reb Beach – guitars
John Roth – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums

 

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