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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a shame!, 15 Oct 2002
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Dr Nick "Dr Nick" (Sheffield, S Yorks United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pull (Audio CD)
This is the album that SHOULD have made superstars out of Winger. Instead, two things ruined the party:
-Seattle grunge
-Beavis & Butthead.
So sales stalled, the label lost interest, and the band broke up.
Leaving the best album they'd ever done as a final legacy.
Darker and heavier than the previous releases, avoiding the usual themes of hair metal in favour of social commentary and thought provoking lyrics, and even using dropped tunings in places - which should in theory have ENDEARED them to the Seattle crowd.
The songs are superb, Kip sang better than ever, Reb played his heart out, and Rod showed why he's regarded as one of the best drummers around.
All rock fans should own a copy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning, 12 May 2003
This review is from: Pull (Audio CD)
Original,Innovative and completely timeless - a masterpiece musically and stunningly emotive vocally. Pull is the greatest album i have heard in a long time, because it sounds like nothing else i have ever heard. Spell I'm Under is a ballad which should have gone down in history for its beauty, but by 1993 it was all too late. Shame really since there are millions of people out there that i'm sure would love it if they gave it a chance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated classic album from Winger, 18 Nov 2009
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Richard K. Bicknell "Bickersby" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pull (Audio CD)
If you are a fan of Winger, this is a must-buy, showcasing the band's real talent for penning catchy hard rock music.

If you're new to Winger, and are a fan of Whitesnake, Extreme, Def Leppard, Ratt etc, you'll love this album. It's catchy, its rocking, and despite the poor sales figures of the album at the time, it definitely should have been a classic release.

Although not dated, it does have a familiar 'nineties' production sound to it (in the same way that 90s material from Bon Jovi, Def Leppard did), a progression from the distinct eighties 'hair metal' sound. More polished, less 'big reverb' on the snare drum, more orchestration and better mastering etc.

Stand out songs for me, Down Incognito, Junkyard Dog, The Lucky one, In for the kill, Like a ritual... in fact there's not a weak song on the album.

If you like heavy 'metal' riffs, you'll love Junkyard Dog. If you like catchy hooks, and early nineties headbanging rock, you should buy this album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is NO Hair Metal!, 23 Nov 2007
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Left Winger (Finland, Northern Europe) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pull (Audio CD)
I must strongly disagree with my fellow reviewer Macelington. 'Pull' is a clear take-off from previous Winger material - which I love, too. But there's no resemblance here to 'In the Heart of the Young'. When I first purchased 'Pull', I was disappointed with the absence of the clearly catchy hooks of 'Can't Get Enough', 'Easy Come, Easy Go', 'Babtized by Fire' or 'You Are the Saint, I Am the Sinner'. BUT, within time, this album really grew on me.

This is what Hair Metal would have been in the mid-nineties, had there been no Seattle Alternative wave. A logical progression.

The song-writing AND the sounds are still up-to-date. This album's no nostalgia trip. Period.

'Junkyard Dog' is the heaviest any Pop Metal band has ever produced. Bearing in mind, that at this stage Winger was NO Pop Metal band. 'Down Incognito' is a perfect Hard Rock radio hit which it, incidentally, was at the time. And 'In for the Kill' has got to be the best track Winger has ever recorded. Zeppelin, at times. Raging, yes!

If your background is in the hard rock of Kingdom Come, Badlands etc., I guarantee you'll never get tired of this hard rock album. 'Nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best winger album, 11 Dec 2013
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its not just that this is one of the best winger albums its one of the best 90s albums in my book its always been my fav album id discovered winger from this album when it 1st came out i bought the cassette and it was instantly a must, and the cycle started one tape bought and it kept going in rotation then another tape and i still have the last cassette which i bought around 16 yrs back maybe. buy this if your looking for depth and great song writings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Aug 2013
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Unfortunately this was out after grunge had started to take presidence in the rock world. Pity because it was an excellent progression in their music and grows on you more and more!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid hair band cheese!, 13 Aug 2006
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Mace Maclean (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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This album completely passed me by first time around - I guess by then, like most people (apart from frequenters of XLs in Brum), I was too busy listening to Seattle bands... And, let's face it, despite a 1993 release, it sounds like it could easily have been penned some five or six years earlier.

Winger were never remotely original, being some kind of Def Leppard/Poison/Warrant hybrid, but they knocked out some decent material. 'The lucky one' sounds like some kind of lost Whitesnake song, whilst 'Down Incognito' sounds like Mutt Lange penning a song for Warrant, but they do it well.

All that aside, chances are if you're reading this, all you want to know is it up there with 'In the heart of the young'? Yes it is - for me this stands up with their previous release, along with other 'classics' like Warrant's 'Cherry Pie' (can't believe I just called 'Cherry Pie' a classic...!). If you're looking for a bit of '80s hair band' nostalgia, can't go wrong with this.
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