"D.R.F.S.R" and "Cherry Pie" are without doubt Warrants two most successful albums and with good reason, but "Dog Eat Dog" is their masterpeice, albeit a forgotten masterpiece. By 1992 Glam Metal had fallen out of favour and bands were disbanding left right and centre. Warrant however choose to record another album, still as a glam band but with a much harder edge than their previous two albums.
The result mixed the more glam sounding tracks such as "Machine Gun", and "Bonfire" with the harder and more serious songs such as "April 2031", and "The Bitter Pill". "April 2031" in particular is an epic set in a future version of the Earth which has been ravaged by man and is nothing more than a dead planet. Benefitting from a thumping chorus (complete with children singing the title in true Pink Floyd style) it is by far the best song on the album.
If you want to hear the party souding Warrant then I recommend you purchase either of their first two albums. If your looking for a more serious rock album mixed with the occasional party song than make sure you get hold of "Dog Eat Dog", it truly is the Warrant connoisseur's album.
Scrape away the hair metal marketing, outfits and style, and Warrant had a gifted songwriter in Jani Lane. On their first 2 albums amongst the commercial pop/rock were signs of a serious writer battling to get out. Songs such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin & Mr Rainmaker were more mature than anything on their competitor’s albums. With Dog Eat Dog they pushed through in this direction and Lane was allowed to fullyembrace his writing. Unfortunately its release coincided with the onset of Grunge, and the album was lost, and Warrant disappeared. It’s not a perfect album, there’s still fragments of the hair-metal scene they had nearly left behind (Machine Gun, Bonfire) but there’s some wonderful songs here that never got any exposure (April 2031, The Bitter Pill, Quicksand, Let It Rain, Sad Theresa). Was saddened to hear of Lane’s death a few years ago., always seemed like a decent guy, who had a talent that was never fully realised.
I like Cherry Pie,but found Warrant likeable but to lightweight and candyflossy.This album is much more serious lyrically and heavier musically.Much better songwriting shows the real talent of the band.Really strong songs from start to finish.