Night Ranger: Don’t Let Up Review

Artist: Night Ranger
Album: Don’t Let Up
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: March 24, 2017

Review:
From the very start of the opening track “Somehow Someway”, you can just tell that Night Ranger have created one of the best albums of their long and great career. If, you listen closely, you can actually hear the “fun” they had making this record. Released some 35 years after their debut album “Dawn Patrol”, it’s clear that Night Ranger still know how “To Rock In America”. “Running Out Of Time” is a fun uptempo rocker with a real feel-good vibe. Trust me, you will be humming it on your way to work for days on end. “Truth” hits a little more of a serious note, lyrically, but it’s a great rocker that delivers on all counts. Next up is “Day And Night” another great track that makes you want to step on the gas and hit the open road and crank it up to ten. The title track “Don’t Let Up” has some really great guitar harmonies as well as equally good vocal harmonies. It’s a classic Night Ranger track through and through. (Won’t Be Your) Fool Again has a real honky tonk bar room swagger to it and the chorus is quite a surprise when it gets there. It’s a real hoot with the falsetto style background vocals. “Say What You Want” is an energetic number with the band proclaiming “Say What You Want, but I won’t go away!” “We Can Work It Out” is probably the most mellow song on the album. The vocal harmonies have an interesting Beatles-esque quality, but musically it bears little resemblance to the song of the same name by the Fab Four. Though I credit it as the most mellow piece here, it’s really not a ballad or a slow jam at all. “Comfort Me” is another track that has that classic sound that Night Ranger is known for. The guitar solos on this song are simply outstanding.  I have to admit, from the title, I sort of expected “Jamie” to be a slow love song. It turns out to be my favorite track on the album. It’s a great straight ahead rocker that sounds like it could have easily have been on Dawn Patrol or Midnight Madness. Brad Gillis has always been one of my favorite guitarists and he absolutely shreds on this album. With the addition of new guitarist, Keri Kelli, Night Ranger really have a great dual guitar attack that has to be heard to be believed. The album closes out with “Nothing Left Of Yesterday”, which starts out soft and slow and then hits you with an explosive group chorus. It’s a great closing track to an album that you’ll just want to play over and over again. There simply isn’t a bad track on the entire “Don’t Let Up” album. Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy do an outstanding job on the vocals as well as bass and drum duties. They simply don’t make bands like Night Ranger anymore. Like a fine wine, they just get better with age. And to prove it, they’ve released an incredible album that’s destined to be one of the best rock albums of the year.

Track Listing:
01 SOMEHOW SOMEWAY
02 RUNNNG OUT OF TIME
03 TRUTH
04 DAY AND NIGHT
05 DON’T LET UP
06 (WON’T BE YOUR) FOOL AGAIN
07 SAY WHAT YOU WANT
08 WE CAN WORK IT OUT
09 COMFORT ME
10 JAMIE
11 NOTHING LEFT OF YESTERDAY

Band Members:
Jack Blades (bass, vocals)
Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals)
Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars)
Eric Levy (keyboards)
Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars)

Leave a Comment

Translate »