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  • After Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction” and Def Leppard’s “Hysteria,” this is my favorite album from the late-80s hard rock bands. The bluesy sound of “Long Cold Winter” makes it stand out from anything released in its time, and although it lacks the intensity and virtuosity of Guns N’ Roses, it sounds far more authentic than many contemporaneous efforts (Warrant, Poison, Bon Jovi, Winger, etc.). Tom Kiefer is a gifted songwriter, and the best tracks on this disc (including the intensely bluesy “Long Cold Winter,” the upbeat Wanderlust-ode “Gypsy Road,” and the epic “Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone”) still hold up after a dozen years. Admittedly, doing hard rock by way of the blues was hardly an original idea — a decade and a half earlier it had already been done by Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith, and Cinderella is not in their league. Still, this is a good effort, worth purchasing for fans of straight-out, unpretentious guitar rock.

    Posted on November 15, 2009