Cinderella epitomizes how 80’s metal’s uniqueness from one band to the next. They paved their own way with awesome music. Sure, they wore the typical big hair and make-up, but these guys meant business. Their second album was more bluesy and softer than I expected, and to be honest I was disappointed in the direction they went after this first album. But hey, I was in high school and I didn’t quite want them to go other directions just yet. Especially after such a kick arse album as this. It has to be one of my all-time favorite metal albums. It’s right up there with Dokken’s Under Lock and Key et al. If you love 80’s metal, you’ll find this refreshingly hard and nasty. I also recommend a little-known metal band called WWIII (self-titled, one album). If you can find them.
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Yes, I will admit that because, of the Bon Jovi connection to the band. I purchased “Nightsongs” the day it was released in 1986. Fastforward 20 years, I’m still listening to Cinderella have everyone of their releases in my collection and you will not find Bon Jovi in my CD collection.
I have always thought their album cover was deceiving because your expecting Bubble Gum Pop Metal and yet another Monkey see Monkey do band. But that’s not what you get, Tom, Eric and Jeff are awesome on this release (Fred didn’t play drums on this, so didn’t forget him) but got to say Jody Cortez does a decent job, the songwritings good and like that Nightsongs the 1st track. The Intro sets it up. Then they spring the surprise on you that they are just a Bluesy Metal Band and that’s what I crave. Have always loved Nightsongs, Shake Me, Nobody’s Fool (just turn up the bass), Nothin’ For Nothin’, Once Around The ride, Somebody Save Me and Push,Push. Twenty years later, like Hell On Wheels, In From The Outside and Back Home Again just as much. Definately, well worth it to track this release down.
At the same time Bon Jovi finally exploded on the scene with Slippery When Wet, they were also responsible for signing up Cinderella on their label, Mercury Records. Given the considerable softening of their sound on Slippery When Wet, it’s no surprise that Cinderella’s debut, Night Songs, rocked harder than that of their benefactors, with Tom Keifer’s banshee-like voice and harmonies from the other members giving Cinderella an extra edge.
The title track, heralded by tolling bells, has a slow and steady that could fit home on a horror film soundtrack, but actually it’s about a burned out trucker who needs the title songs to keep him going on a job that barely gets the bills paid and such.
The lead single, the one-night stand grindfest of “Shake Me” shows them getting in gear, with the team putting their signature sound of pounding skins and heavy guitars into tight rhythmic formation.
Equally as hard-driving was their third single, “Somebody Save Me,” which paints a bleak picture of the American dream: “Put your money in a big house/Get yourself a pretty wife/She’ll collect your life insurance/When she connects you with a knife.” Those thinking of getting married-take heed to that. The despair can be further felt in the chorus, where the law of the jungle is melded with the urban jungle: “somebody save me, I lost my job, they kicked me out of my tree.”
Their first foray into the charts came with the operatic power ballad “Nobody’s Fool,” replete with airy synths and blaring guitars, which peaked at #13 in 1987, one below peers Motley Crue with “Girls Girls Girls” and alongside Poison’s “I Won’t Forget You” that same year so that is a sign that metal was gaining entry into the heretofore unreachable charts.
If you have the urge to get that speedometer to three digits after listening “Hell On Wheels,” I wouldn’t fault you-just don’t make any roadkill. The fast-paced guitars and drums shows the band at their fastest on their album. The been there done that “In From The Outside” has Jon Bon Jovi singing the first verse of the song before Tom Keifer takes over for the rest of the song.
The arena rock of “Back Home Again” is a tribute to finally making it big after years of hard work, and how being on stage when rolling into town makes one feel at home again.
A consistent sound provided Night Songs a kicker of a debut album for Keifer and company. They would make it bigger with their followup, Long Cold Winter.
I recently purchased this CD, having discovered 80’s metal for myself after years of prompting from friends. White Lion and Def Leppard got me started, and I listen to those groups religiously now. I wanted some more of the same, basically, and I discovered Cinderella. All I can say is “verrrrry good.”Cinderella starts the album with a song I find attractively eerie and/or haunting: “Night Songs.” Song three, “Nobody’s Fool,” is very good as well, and “Somebody Save Me,” “Push Push,” and “Hell On Wheels” just flat out rock.Tom Keifer’s voice (lead singer) is very similar to the lead singer of Def Leppard (can’t remember his name right now), but with just a little more “screech”, if you will. It’s hard to explain, except that he’s definitely got a good voice for pop metal, and if you like Def Leppard’s sound of voice and overall music, you’ll like this offering of Cinderella.This CD, best described, is a perfect blend of Def Leppard and White Lion (Mike Tramp, lead singer of White Lion) not only in the sound of the singer’s voice, but in their guitar and drum work, and their riffs and rock. I highly recommend the CD!
I’m a Cinderella fan and I’ll admit that their look turned me off in the beginning, but if you listen to the album you don’t get Posion/Warrant rock. These guys were taking their cue from AC/DC, Aerosmith, and heavy Stones.This album is a LOT more bluesy than you’d think. Not blues. But VERY blues based. As other reviewers have noted as well there is a certain darkness to this album as well. There’s something a little haunting about songs such as “Night Songs”, “Nothin’ For Nothin’” and “Back Home Again”. “Shake Me”, “In From The Outside”, “Hell On Wheels” and “Once Around The Ride” all rock hard. The lyrics may not be all that original (admittedly, but then again rock lyrics generally aren’t) but the band is just tight and the execution of the whole package is excellent. “Nobody’s Fool” is an excellent power ballad, and as a kiss off has a slightly different slant than the usual sappy ones. And “Somebody Save Me” is a great song that’s very poppy when you look at it without the overdriven guitar. “Push Push” is a song about sex but it has such a great riff behind it that it overpowers the somewhat formulaic lyrics.Overall this album musically is so tight, and not quite the glam you’d think, that it comes off as a great, yet not representative mid to late 80’s hard rock album.