Warrant are back with the classic line up plus new-ish singer Robert Mason and they have delivered a heck of an album. And for those who dismissed them for the cheesecake of ‘Cherry Pie’, this album takes all the great things from the eighties, big production values, professionalism and commercial noise and supplements that with improved songwriting and material with greater depth and maturity born from age and experience. Production from former Dokken and current Foreigner bass player Jeff Pilson has really brought out the best in these boys and it’s time to take them super seriously on the world rock stage even if you never did so before.
Title Track ‘Louder, Harder, Faster’ and later number ‘New Rebellion’ have all the hallmarks of classic metal and get full marks for being an immediate attack on the senses and packed full of guitar and hooks. ‘Devil Dancer’ is a sultry number about a powerful women who knows how to use sex, less cheerleader, more stripper full of gritty realism and sleaze. ‘Big Sandy’ harmony-laden about a well endowed lady up for a booty call is coming from the same nether regions. ‘Perfect’ and ‘Faded’ are radio friendly aor numbers about love. ‘Only Broken Heart’ was unexpectedly a bit like Thin Lizzy in the verses and guitar approach, although with a ramped up metal chorus which works surprisingly well. ‘U in my Life’ is a big ballad with a sensitively played guitar solo. ‘Music Man’ is a tale about someone choosing to live his life outside the norms of society and has more of a stomping bluesy feel. ‘Choose Your Fate’ also has strong roots in the blues in the verses, although the choruses are back to classic metal. ‘Let it go’ is not a Frozen cover, but a melodic song about making peace with the past and we can guess what that’s all about.
So this is varied, sophisticated, all killer no filler and way better than some may expect. Jerry Dixon said they didn’t try and force it but just tried to do what came naturally without trying to think about it too hard. Ain't that the zone!
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