Released: 2006, Frontiers Records/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Kip Winger has reunited his old band Winger. The last thing we heard from Winger was their last album PULL from 1993 and the compilation album released in 2001. All of the original members are back; the only new member is Cenk Eroglu on guitar and keys.
Kip Winger and Reb Beach started writing material to IV at the beginning of this year. What the band delivers on IV is still melodic hard rock, but with a bit of a darker musical direction than on previous ones. The songs are still catchy, but a bit sadder and darker which is not surprising since the lyrics are about war and what happens during one.
If you appreciated PULL I think you’re going to like IV as well. Kip Winger’s voice sounds as good as before and the musicians have become more self-confident and stronger on their instruments. The musician that is the brightest star is undoubtedly Reb Beach on guitar. All of the 11 songs on the album are amazingly strong; Winger and Beach have done a great job with the material.
In conclusion, IV is an excellent comeback album that puts Winger where they belong: at the top of the melodic hard rock genre. It’s fun to hear that Winger has stuck to their musical convictions, but adapted it to fit into the 21st century style. And for once, the label has spent some money and time on the cover artwork, because it surely reflects the essence of the album.
It’s hard to pick any favorite tracks amongst these golden picks, but I’ll choose “Right up Ahead”, “Four Leaf Clover”, “MI6”, “Your Great Escape”, and “Short Flight to Mexico”.