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  • Cinderella’s debut featured bluesy rock which was reminiscent of AC/DC. On their follow up they up the rootsiness factor while still rocking in late 80’s fashion. The result is a winning album that is an overlooked classic of 80’s hard rock.The album starts off with some harmonica and a national steel guitar while Tom Keifer sings a blues as an intro to “Fallin’ Apart At The Seams”. It works wonderfully. It’s worked so that the key riff of the hard rocker is alluded to and then played on intentionally “historic” sounding guitar. “Gypsy Road” follows which is another riff rocker with a riff Keith Richards probably wishes he wrote. Following that is the excellent “Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone” which is a fantastic power ballad. Probably the best thing about it though, not to detract from the song, is Tom Keifer’s excellent solo. Another standout rocker in “The Last Mile” follows. Other standout tracks include “Long Cold Winter” which is in the vein of Led Zeppelin’s “Since I’ve Been Loving You” with some stirring guitar and “Coming Home” which is a great country rock ballad. “If You Don’t Like It” is the kiss-off/screw you song that every good rock album needs and works on that level. “Second Wind” and “Fire And Ice” recall the band’s debut “Night Songs” with the latter being the superior track. “Take Me Back” rounds out the album with some kickng drums with cowbell and a great slide riff, and a rootsy upbeatness.The thing about this and Cinderella’s next album (“Heartbreak Station”) is that they started showing a way out of being pigeon holed in the “hard rock” scene. Cinderella were stretching the boundaries of what the hard rock and mainstream audiences would accept. At the same time though there were rockin’ out with a fury. Tom Keifer’s Janis Joplin/Brian Johnson voice may not be for everyone, but the guy always played a mean guitar, and here with Jeff LaBar is just a great rock CD. It’s been lumped in with dreck for so long. It stands up a lot better than many of the stuff that was on “Headbanger’s Ball” at the same time. And maybe oneday “Long Cold Winter” will be acknowledged as the great rock album it is.

    Posted on November 15, 2009