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  • I’ve listened to this CD several dozen times, but it took me a while to warm up to IV. I wasn’t expecting something so thought-provoking and progressive. Winger has always been more complex and more musically sound than its peers, but I was expecting this CD to rock like 80s Winger with maybe a slight pull to their 90s style. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) Even as a die-hard Winger fan, at first I was almost annoyed that the band tried to tackle a thematic topic as serious and controversial as Iraq.

    But like most progressive rock/metal discs (think Queensryche or Dream Theater), this one really grows on you with each listen. The political commentary is creative and right on the mark. The tribute to our troops and the mind’s-eye view of what our soldiers must be experiencing is quite moving. There are a few weaknesses and a few risks that didn’t pan out in my opinion. (What’s up with saying “Uh-oh, is it too hot?” right before track 5?? Say “cheese!”) So I don’t think this is quite a 5-star effort.

    But it’s not fair or accurate for reviewers to give this a knee-jerk 2 star review after listening to it once or twice. (See some of the Amazon reviews in the [IMPORT] version of this CD.) On the other hand, David Johnson’s January 5 review describes “Disappear” and “Can’t Take it Back” perfectly. “Disappear” is dark, brooding, and a little twisted. It’s a window into the mind of a soldier desperate for a connection. “Can’t Take it Back” serves as an open letter to the President of the United States. (Despite how unfairly smeared Winger’s reputation was in the Beavis & Butthead era, even Winger’s loudest critics would take this track seriously.) Overall “Disappear” and “Can’t Take it Back” are two of Winger’s best tracks of all-time, regardless of whether you preferred Winger’s radio hits or hidden gems like “Rainbow in the Rose” and “Blind Revolution Mad.” These 2 tracks alone are worth the purchase price and then some.

    I will see the band on tour in Florida next weekend — can’t wait! I might even have to travel across the state to see a few shows back to back. Because who knows when we’ll have a chance to relive our youth again with a serious but fun, underrated band in an intimate venue? It’s great to have you guys back — an unexpected gift for us Winger fans of old, and the first step in building a cult fan base in the MySpace generation!

    Posted on February 28, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I own all Winger releases, and they all contain great musicianship and songwriting. This album has more of a darker feel like his solo albums, so don’t expect any bombastic pop hits like “Madelaine” or awesomely produced ballads like “Miles Away”. Just expect solid mid-tempo, introspective well-written tunes, and you’ll enjoy this album. Hopefully they’ll tour and we’ll get to hear the “classics” again.

    Posted on February 28, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • WOW!!!!!! “IV” picks up where “IN The Heart Of The Young” left off. Don’t get me wrong, “Pull” was good, but “IV” is amazing. It sounds like a heavier version of one of the first two albums. Another cool note, this album is dedicated to our troops. “IV” delivers some hard riffs. WINGER is their heaviest on this album. Best song on the album is “Disappear.” This is a must own, for WINGER fans, and hard rockers. Great metal album. This is probably the last good rock album that will come out for 2006. BUY IT, IT’S AWSOME!!!!!

    Posted on February 28, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve been a Winger fan for ages. And here I stand, announcing this fact to the world. I even went to the Poison/Cinderella/Winger concert in 2002 to get the chance to see Reb, Kip, Rod, Paul, and John play and open up for Cinderella. You bet they put on a great show, and it looked like they had so much fun together on stage.

    For years I felt some comfort knowing that they ‘finished’ their run on such a strong note. They didn’t fade away like so many groups from the era. All of the fans knew that Pull was their greatest effort, and they finished on top of their game, with a powerful statement of vindication. The stereotypes that Winger was subjected to over the years of their popularity were wiped away with that final musical statement. At least they left us with such a masterful work of Rock before saying goodbye and going their separate ways.

    When I heard that Reb and Kip were working together (The Mob, etc) over the years, I felt a flicker of hope that the guys would pull together and produce a proper studio album, and something that would come close to Pull. I didn’t let my hopes up too high, but I kept my eyes on Kip’s and Reb’s web sites. When I saw IV’s annoucement, I nearly fell out of my chair and practically counted down the weeks until I could get my hands on it.

    It’s been a long, long time since I felt the type of excitement about a new album coming out. I was like a child on Christmas day when IV arrived in the mail. As I was holding the unopened album in my hand I realized how long I’ve wanted that moment to come. Would I be disappointed? There’s only one way to find out… I’ve been listening repeatedly since first unwrapping it.

    In short, it’s an incredible work. This is not the candy pop early Winger, but how could it be? This is the heavy, darker introspective Winger.. the Winger with exceptional production and song writing. Quite complex harmonically and with catchy hooks and melodic lines. Reb’s guitar sounds meaner than ever (great tone!) and Kip’s voice sounds even better than it did 14 years ago. Rod’s drumming is tighter than ever. In short, if you liked Pull you will love IV. It is more than a worthy successor, and quite possibly BETTER than Pull. Time will tell, but you must buy this album!

    If Reb/Kip/Rod/etc see this, THANK YOU FOR GIVING THIS TO YOUR FANS! It is a gift!

    Posted on February 28, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Divide those who speak of Winger into two groups: a)Those who appreciate good songwriting and musicianship -regardless of genre and b)those who stereotype artists based on current trends choose music based on the radio. If you are in group a, read on. If you are in group b, here’s hoping you can enjoy yet another Disturbed/Creed/Godsmack/Fillintheblank album.

    Winger and Beach return 10 years after ‘Pull’ with possibly their strongest effort to date. If you’ve been following Kip’s solo career, or Beach’s solo efforts, The Mob, etc. you know where this album stands. It is pure, unadulterated Winger, minus the hairspray of Heart of Young, and minus the grunge pressure of ‘Pull’ (not that the band subscribed to either of those movements except in image). Songwriting and musicianship has always been the issue with these guys. Even their quintessential hair metal offering ‘In the Heart of the Young’ featured radio-absent cuts like ‘Rainbow in the Rose’ and ‘The Day We’ll Never See’. Take all the maturity of Pull’s ‘Who’s the One’ and ‘Down Incognito’- add ten years and a little prog-rock flavor and you have Winger IV.

    Don’t be put off by the plodding, strung out pace of the first two tracks, the album picks up with ‘Four Leaf Clover’ and doesn’t stop. Possibly the strongest Winger song ever – ‘Disappear’- is an example of the Winger/Beach writing team in it’s prime. Lyrically, I don’t hesitate to say that this album offers the most intellectual and passionate statement about the war in Iraq from every possible angle. Beyond the finger-pointing posture of Green Day, or the emotional pandering of Springsteen, Kip has really captured the guts of the soldiers, the Iraqi people, and even directs a condemning, yet empathetic discourse to GW Bush on ‘Can’t Take it Back.’

    For those who are forever recalling ‘Seventeen’ as a snapshot of what Winger is all about, you’ll find very little of that band here except the shockingly brilliant guitar virtuosity of Reb Beach. These guys have grown up, musically, lyrically, and sonically. Great for returning fans, great for skeptics.

    Posted on February 28, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now