Hole In The Sun
2008, VH1 Classic Records
HOLE IN THE SUN commemorates the group’s 25th Anniversary as well as being their first release of new studio material in a decade. The dozen songs on this album are modern sounding whilst maintaining that distinctive Night Ranger sound.
Starting off with the hard rocking “Tell Your Vision”, Blades and company just let loose for a full on assault. All the elements of old are there the liking. The vast majority of the songs are quite heavy sonically and modern sounding without losing the integrity of the original music and sound that made Night Ranger what it is. The band comes into the new century full force using terms for their song titles like “Drama Queen” and “Rockstar” which wasn’t as widely used back then. Guitar solos are brought back in the songs, and not just your couple of second break, we’re talking 80’s guitar solos with harmonics and all out wailing. As you would come to expect from them there are a few ballads on the records that just bring you back in time.
HOLE IN THE SUN is filled with great heavy rockers and melodic ballads done in a way only Jack Blades can do. This man can do no wrong. Add in the acoustic version of “Don’t Tell Me you Love Me” and “Sister Christian” and you have one of the best albums of the year.