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Quiet Riot & Warrant's 2006 Releases


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Let's flashback to the year, 2006...

Both Quiet Riot and Warrant released albums back in '06.

Quiet Riot released "Rehab" and Warrant released "Born Again".

 

Now, both of these albums were met by mixed reactions... but I have to say that I really enjoy both of them. "Rehab" had some really heavier-edged songs on the album that really turned out well, I think. As you know, it turned out to be DuBrow's final album with Quiet Riot, as he passed away in 2007. (RIP Kevin) .

Along with the straight ahead rockers, Quiet Riot's "Rehab" also includes a slower song called, "Blind Faith". This is a really amazing song.... both lyrically and musically.

A few of my favorite cuts on the album are; "It Sucks To Be You", "South Of Heaven", "Blind Faith" and "In Harms Way". A pretty solid album all the way through. Like I said, some of the songs have a bit of a heavier edge to them, but that classic Quiet Riot flare is still in there and Dubrow sounds as good as ever.

 

Now on to Warrant's 2006 album, "Born Again". During this period for the band, they had Jamie St. James on vocals....who rose to fame with another band, Black N' Blue.

When I first listened to this album, I really didn't think to much of it. I was kind of dissapointed. But since then, this album has really grown on me! Now Jamie St. James has a totally different vocal style than Jani Lane...but he is a good vocalist in his own right. With St. James in the fold, Warrant's "Born Again" sounds like a mix of classic D.R.F.S.R. era Warrant and Black N' Blue. Which is a good thing to me! The only thing that I have to complain about is that I feel that Jamie St. James' vocal style fits in better with Black N' Blue than in Warrant... but that's just my opinion. I still liked him on this album....

"Born Again" starts off with bluesy-hard rockers like "Devil's Juice", "Dirty Jack" and "Bourbon County Line"...which gets the album off to a good start. The song, "Hell, CA" I like a lot too...it just has that "feel good" vibe to it....

The last few songs on the album are just as strong (if not stronger) than the beginning...songs like; "Good Times", "Roxy", "Down In Diamonds", and "Velvet Noose" are a few of my favs on the album!

 

So all in all, these are two very strong hard rock albums that were released back in '06. They turned out to be a couple of my favorite albums released that year...and they still get a good amount of spins from me today. 2006 was one of the BEST years for rock and metal in recent memory. There were several other really good releases, too....

Alright now I turn this back to you...has anyone else heard Quiet Riot's "Rehab" or Warrant's "Born Again"? And if so, what are YOUR thoughts on them?

I'd like to know if I'm in the "minority" with liking these albums (like I think I am) or maybe I'll find out that I'm not alone! lol

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Being a big fan of Warrant and Black N Blue I was really looking forward to the "Born Again" release and I wasn't dissapointed at all. While many people couldn't get past the fact that it didn't sound like Warrant even though they hadn't sounded like Warrant really since Dog Eat Dog or Cherry Pie to me the cd rocked and still does and it was a huge mistake to bring Jani back considering that he's gone again and Robert Mason is in. Don't get me wrong Robert is a great vocalist but I thought they had something good going with Jamie.

 

As for the QR cd it took a few spins to appreciate since it had more of a 70's throwback vibe but it's a good album but is just different compared to the Pop Metal style of previous QR discs. It is worth owning though and all the tunes are good with the tune with Glenn Hughes dueting with Kevin being one of my favs.

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WARRANT haven't released a really strong album since "Dog Eat Dog" - and "Born Again" didn't change that. The fact that it didn't sound like the previous couple of WARRANT albums ("Belly To Belly" and "Ultraphobic") was a good thing - as they sucked - but sadly this was just standard/formulaic Hard Rock, similar to that done by a million bands in the late 80's/early 90's. It's not bad - certainly not as awful as "Ultraphobic" - but it's just okay and I hardly play the thing...

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As I think I always said, 'Born again' is a decent standard hard rock disc, but nothing about it indicates anything to do with Warrant. Jani Lane simply is and always will be Warrant. 'Born again' was decent for what it is, but deserved the Black N' Blue title more than Warrant.

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