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Warrant
Born Again
May 2006
Released: 2006, MTM Music/Zink Music
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

One of the most popular and successful bands within the glam metal scene during the 80’s and early 90’s was Warrant. Maybe they were more popular in their home country compared to Europe because of the few tours and shows they did over here in Europe. Today they have reunited and today’s Warrant includes everyone of the original cast except for lead singer Jani Lane. Instead of Mr. Lane they have taken Jamie St. James from Black’n’Blue, Keel and Freight Train Jane. St. James voice suits Warrant perfectly and at least I do not miss Jani Lane at all. All the other members do a perfect job on the album and they also deserve credit for their work.



Warrant is currently booking up a longer tour so both St. James’ vocal skills as well as performance ability ought to be shown then. Warrant’s music hasn’t changed a lot throughout the years, they still play the same classic USA 80’s hard rock with a lot of attitude sprinkled with sleaze just like they did back in the days. BORN AGAIN clocks in at about 45 minutes with 12 tracks of material that feels as solid as a rock. It’s great to hear such a well played album as this. I have had BORN AGAIN for a long time and believe me I have almost worn the CD out. I didn’t pay much attention to Warrant the first time around but I can’t imagine the older fans being disappointed when they hear this excellent album. Once again it’s really hard to pick out any favorite tracks but if I have to it would be: “Dirty Jack”, “Bourbon County Line”, “Hell, CA”, “Angels”, “Love Strikes Like Lightning”, “Roller Coaster”, “Roxy” and “Good Times” and as you see almost all the tracks are listed above. All of the above mentioned tracks are of the classic 80’s US hardrock style accompanied with catchy choruses and dazzling twin guitar play. I can even stretch to enhance a ballad to my favorite tracks, the ballad’s called “Glimmer” and can possibly become a major hit with the help of proper promotion. The well known producer that stirred this tasty mix of juicy hardrock is non other than Pat Regan who has produced Kiss, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, Mr. Big and LA Guns just to mention a few. And of course Regan has done a stunning job coordinating the vocals and music.



BORN AGAIN deserves only a high rating because this is truly a genuine 80’s classic hard rock / glam metal album and I strongly recommend it to anyone that wants to listen to this kind of great music.



Labels: http://www.mtm-music.com AND http://www.zinkmusic.com
Track Listing

Devils Juice
Dirty Jack
Bourbon County Line
Hell, CA
Angles
Love Strikes Like Lighting
Glimmer
Roller Coaster
Down In Diamonds
Velvet Noose
Roxy
Good Times

Lineup

Jaime St. James – lead vocals
Joey Allen – lead guitar
Erik Turner – rhythm guitar
Jerry Dixon – bass
Steve Sweet – drums


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Warrant
Born Again
October 2006
Released: 2006, DeadLine Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Warrant fans rejoice as the band is back and ready to kick your ass. After re-uniting with former members Joey and Steven and the departure of of vocalist Jani Lane some were a bit skeptical on the sound. This disc proves without a doubt that even though Lane was ‘The Voice’ behind the hits it was the other four classic guys that held the sound. Enter into the picture Jaime “The Saint” St.James and the new Warrant is complete.



After releasing a trilogy of great albums the band lost their way so to speak thus beginning a pattern of revolving members. As they forged on many seemed to dismiss them and looked at them as washed up has beens. This album sees them reunited with Joey Allen on guitar and Steven Sweet behind the kit thus bringing back the classic sound that put them on the top of the charts originally. While Jani had the distinctive voice that many related to once you hear BORN AGAIN you will be left saying “Jani who?”.



The dozen tracks here are classic Warrant. This is what the follow-up to DOG EAT DOG should have been. Guitar solo’s are back, great hooks and melodies are everywhere. Jaime fits ito the band perfectly, his voice fits the songs exceptionally well and you can even imagine him doing the old ones as ell.



Songs like “Dirty Jack”, “Bourbon County Line” and “the slightly more mellow “Glimmer” really showcase the talent of these 5 musicians. There is not a filer track to be heard on the disc. All the songs are first rate and need to be cranked up at ear bleed volume. Even have any pre-concieved notions that these guys are just a nostalgia hair band then go pick up this disc. You cannot say that after hearing tracks like “Roxy” or “Down In Diamonds”. This is truly a great band record.
Track Listing

Devils Juice
Dirty Jack
Bourbon Country Line
Hell, CA
Angels
Love Strikes Like Lightning
Glimmer
Roller Coaster
Down In Diamonds
Velvet Noose
Roxy
Good Times

Lineup

Jaime St. James – vocals
Joey Allen – lead guitar
Erik Turner – rhythm guitar
Jerry Dixon – bass
Steve Sweet – drums


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