Night Ranger has always seemed to be a band that never got to that highest level of popularity, despite having such hair metal classics as â€œDonâ€™t Tell Me You Love Meâ€ and â€œSister Christianâ€. â€œHole In The Sunâ€ showcases the bandâ€™s ability to create good hard rock. This is first evidenced during the introductory track to â€œHole In The Sunâ€, â€œTell Your Visionâ€. The grit and grind that is present in the track works well as a counterpoint for the vocals, which tie the older hair metal genre closely to the grunge of a Soundgarden. â€œDrama Queenâ€ follows up â€œTell Your Visionâ€, and it is a track that takes quite a few seconds to get started.
After the act begins to hurtle forward to the chorus, listeners can then realize that Night Ranger has another hit on their hand. â€œDrama Queenâ€ has a little more of an AC/DC influence to it, but the overall sound of the track still conforms quite well to the previous works of Night Ranger. The entirety of â€œHole In The Sunâ€ is strong, but I wonder if the act could not have cut out one or two tracks from the (including the bonus tracks) fourteen song album. Regardless, all one needs to do is to listen to a track like â€œYouâ€™re Gonna Hear From Meâ€ to understand that after twenty years (or abouts) being a band, Night Ranger can still craft a rock song that is heavy, is catchy, and will be on the lips and in the minds of anyone that has had the luck to hear the track. For those individuals that wish tko hear how the current version of Night Ranger varies in style and substance from the Night Ranger that did â€œ(You Can Still) Rock In Americaâ€, the band has included to bonus acoustic tracks of their biggest hits â€“ â€œDonâ€™t Tell Me You Love Meâ€ and â€œSister Christianâ€.
â€œWhateverâ€ is an interesting track in that it shows Night Ranger attempting to go into an alternative type of rock, tying bands like Weezer and Franz Ferdinand to Boston and Styx. The end result is a curiosity, for sure, but it seems like the trackâ€™s execution is a little bit on the weak side. Still, Night Ranger has come back strongly with their â€œHole In The Sunâ€, and I would recommend â€œHole In The Sunâ€ to anyone that liked hard rock generally and Night Ranger specifically.
Top Tracks: Hole In The Sun, White Knuckle Ride
Night Ranger â€“ Hole In The Sun / 2008 VH1 Classic / 12 Tracks / http://www.nightranger.com / http://www.vh1classic.com /