Odd how time plays out. In the early 90’s Winger was the toast of MTV. Then came Metallica’s video with Kip as a dartboard and Beavis & Butthead. Suddenly MTV, and the rest of the music world, wanted nothing to do with Winger. Ironically it happened when they just released Pull, arguably their best album. The band took some time off but still kept releasing material. Both IV and Kharma were well received and pretty good listens too. Now Metallica is making shitty albums with Lou Reed and Beavis & Butthead bombed when it was relaunched. However Winger still stands and have just released Better Days Comin’.
It was pretty interesting that Winger released two videos ahead of Better Days Comin’ release. I think it was a very wise move as “Rat Race” and “Midnight Diver Of A Love Machine” showed a more aggressive side of the band. So not only did it interest those that were going to buy it but those that may have begrudgingly liked the band, despite Kip’s dancing, were now interested. Well the band delivered big time with Better Days Comin’. It is a prefect representation of those that already love the band. Besides the two hard rockers already mentioned another heavy track is “Storm In Me”. Then there is the exceptionally catchy hard rock of “Queen Babylon” and “So Long China”. With having a drummer like Rod Morgenstein and a guitar player like Reb Beach, the band gets to flex their musical chops on “Tin Soldier”. Both guys along with Kip, who is an underrated bassist, give a progressive feel that may surprise some. The album wraps up with “Out Of This World” a song that is a prefect amalgamation of best traits of the band. It’s catchy, a little poppy, some showoff playing, and a lot smarter than their critics say.
It’s very fitting that Winger chose Better Days Comin’ as the album title. While huge success is out of reach, they have crafted a terrific album that will stand up against the best of their catalog. They did it on their terms, the way they wanted, without a promise of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Better Days indeed.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space