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Hopefully up to the standards of the last one. Excellent cover as noted too

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As much as I can't stand how Joel Hoekstra carries on like he's the band's official spokesman after having been with them for such a short time, I have to admit the band sounds as good as they ever have. It still pisses me that MCA tried to turn them into a ballad band back in the day, which robbed the fans of prospective magic during their split. Still one of my favorite bands to this day.

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Hopefully they tour my neck o' the woods again. Phenomenal live.

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Mhm. That's sounding good! I hope they play some of these in a couple weeks.

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Pressrelease from Frontiers Records:


Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases, please click here and see below for the full track listing. Click here to check out an EPK on the making of the album. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here. The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road
2. Knock Knock Never Stop
3. Rollin’ On
4. Don’t Live Here Any More
5. I’m Coming Home
6. X Generation
7. Only For You Only
8. Hang On
9. St. Bartholomew
10. Brothers
11. L.A. No Name
12. The Mountain Song*

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They sounded great live, again - surprise! - and "High Road" seemed to be well-received.

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3 spins in and this is a very very good, consistent album, especially the first half of the disc with 'High Road' 'Knock, Knock, Never Stop'' and 'Don't Live Here Anymore' all being top notch tracks. Gillis is on fire on here to. Not gonna compare it to the last one as of yet, but it ain't gonna be far off. Check it out pronto

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2 spins in and I think it's indeed a great album and it's equal to the last album I guess. The problem is judging by the last 4 albums, I guess NIGHT RANGER was unable to surpass the first 4 albums, so looks like they're gonna be stuck in the 80% range for me, although that's pretty normal and also happened to most old bands.

 

Great album but personally I don't see this in the top 10 list by the end of year

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I suppose the older I get the more I miss what was...

 

I received the Night Ranger CD yesterday from NEH Records (Mike's a great dude) and gave it a whirl.

 

First few tracks are strong and reminiscent of the old days... then it just goes a bit flat for me. I dunno... it just sounds way too digital for my tastes, too.

 

I really miss the analog days. It was a different and much more pleasing sound. Digital is just so harsh, bloviated and loud. Let me turn-up the volume if I so desire... no need to push every single level into the red for me. Music becomes nothing more than noise at that point.

 

Me and my Sansui home stereo system with JBL speakers are no longer who recording engineers are trying to please... they're after the iPod crowd. Unfortunate.

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reasonably strong throughout with a couple of classic sounding tracks

 

What do you expect after god knows how many years

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