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Warrant Born Again MTM Music
0681-154
Produced By: Pat Regan

Running Time: 45.02

Release Date: March 31

Released:

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: MTM Music
80%
Songs: 74%
Sound: 86%
This is a tough one for Warrant. It has been several years since their last album, so the material has to impress. The band has a new lead singer, so he must also impress.
The band has, during their lifespan, had a couple of very distinct styles, from the stadium rock of Cherry Pie to the more aggressive Dog Eat Dog and then the grunge flavored Ultraphobic.
Warrant's legion of fans all has their own favorites, so along with the other challenges, the guys are under pressure to deliver a record that will please the majority. I don't think they have pulled it off.
Born Again sees the band back in a more traditional melodic hard rock vein akin to the band's first two albums. But new singer Jamie St. James has an obvious influence over this album. While the sound of the band's first records may be rekindled, St. James brings the style and flair of his history with Black N Blue to the band and it is this aspect which is the main influence over the sound of the album. It is more Black N Blue than it is Warrant.
Personally, I don't see this as the problem and think the sound the guys have settled into does suit them and isn't out of character for how Warrant should or could sound like in 2006.
I actually think the album sounds great the production courtesy of Pat Regan lives up to his consistently high standards and the honest, somewhat simplified rock n roll sound gives the record a nice edge.
What I do have an issue with is the songwriting. A great album must have a great sound, strong performances and knock out songs.
I don't think Born Again features enough knockouts. In fact I'd rate only 2 or 3 songs as truly great Warrant tracks and the rest I rate as just ok. Not bad, but certainly not strong enough to knock all fans off their feet after such a gap between albums.
Of those tracks that impress, Hell, CA is probably the best of all, with a typically strong harmonic display on a song that fits the persona of the band and also features a good hook.
Other highlights include Dirty Jack, which is a strong hard edged rocker, but has more AC/DC in it than traditional Warrant.
Rollercoaster has a certain attitude and a strong hard rocking guitar sound; Down In Diamonds has a strong chorus and Velvet Noose is, like Hell CA; driven by strong harmonies.
Of all the songs, the closing number Good Times probably rocks harder than any and could be an example of what the album needed more of. Elsewhere the songs just don't fire my imagination and lack some decent hooks to drive repeat plays.
The Bottom Line
I have lived with this album for nearly 3 months now and my opinion has barely altered from that first week. Those that take to it with the most enthusiasm will probably be those that had no expectations going into it. Those Warrant fans that were looking for a modern day classic will likely be the most disappointed. An ok album, but not one that is going to impress everyone especially after such a long time coming.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinkin Rich
Cherry Pie
Dog Eat Dog
Ultraphobic
Belly To Belly
Greatest And Latest
Under The Influence
Born Again

Line Up:
Jaime St. James: Vocals
Joey Allen, Erik Turner: Guitars
Steven Sweet: Drums
Jerry Dixon: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Black N Blue
Warrant
Track Listing
Devils Juice *
Dirty Jack
Bourbon County Line
Hell, CA. *
Angels
Love Strikes Like Lightning
Glimmer
Roller Coaster
Down In Diamonds *
Velvet Noose *
Roxy
Good Times

--*Best Tracks



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