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on 2 March 2010
Despite its 1990's release, 'In the Heart of the Young' is a reminder of how good 80's rock could be when at its peak. Kip Winger has since gone on to prove his craftmanship with a series of excellent solo efforts, in addition to other Winger albums but 'In the Heart' remains a timeless bonafide classic. The critics will tell you that 'Pull' is Winger's finest moment to date (despite the poor record sales), however, for me this album is not just Winger's best but also one of the genres leaders. It's an album that has everything for the melodic rock/hair metal connoisseur of the glam era. Killer ballad (Miles Away), stadium rocker (Can't Get Enuff), foot stomper (Easy Come Easy Go) and others such as 'Under One Condition', 'Rainbow in the Rose' & 'In the Heart of the Young' which simply ooze songwriting class. Kip Winger has a vocal range others dream of (see him live for proof) and as you would expect from Reb Beach et al, the musicianship and production is superb. If you're a fan of early Bon Jovi, Danger Danger, Giant and the like then buy this immediately, but at the same time allowing yourself not to be fooled by their genre fitting stereotypical image - Winger can really play which not all their contemporaries could lay claim to and more recent album efforts merely confirm this further. Had Beavis & Buthead not added their support to Lars Ulrich's condemnation of all things Winger, coupled with the advent of grunge, then this band would have been huge. As it was, despite a flirtation with the big time they never quite became the next Aerosmith or Def Leppard. Shame, as I can think of no band who are or were more deserving of the very biggest stage.
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