• Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

Jani Lane – Catch a Falling Star Compiles the Late Vocalist’s Cover Songs

Jani Lane, the voice of Warrant, passed away in 2011, much to the dismay of fans all around the world. The voice of so many classic hard rock hits, it was definitely a blow in the world of music to lose this talented singer far before his time.

While people will forever associate him with Warrant, Lane actually teamed up with a number of other musicians over the years, covering various tracks for tribute albums, with artists spanning a number of rock genres and eras. Hunting down all of these tracks on their own would be no easy task, but there is finally a solution to that problem for the fans.

Catch a Falling Star is a collection of the songs Lane covered over the years, many of which appeared on those tribute albums. The tracklist is as follows; artists who originally recorded the track are listed as well.

1. I Want You To Want Me (Cheap Trick)
2. Panama (Van Halen)
3. Photograph (Def Leppard)
4. The Ocean (Led Zeppelin)
5. Doctor, Doctor (UFO)
6. Electric Eye (Judas Priest)
7. Free For All (Ted Nugent)
8. No Surprize (Aerosmith)
9. Lay Your Hands On Me (Bon Jovi)

 

Jani Lane - Catch A Falling Star - front

 

I was definitely saddened by Jani Lane’s passing, and had no idea that he had covered so many tracks over the years. That made me as curious about this record as any other fan out there. How does the end product measure up?

As much as I wanted to love this CD, it just feels contrived and “paint by numbers.” These covers are more or less carbon copies of the original songs with Jani Lane on vocals; Lane and company do not really try to make these songs their own, making the end result feel painfully generic. While a good assortment of bands is displayed here, they are, for the most part, just the obvious hits with no real surprises other than the cover of, well, “No Surprize.” These are good covers of the songs, but not much else.

If you want to honor the memory of Jani Lane the right way, go buy the first three Warrant albums. The man had a great voice that remains one of the most underrated in the hard rock world, but these are generic, bland covers that you are not really going to experience any surprises or thrills for; the album lacks an attempt at ownership of the songs. Die-hard Jani Lane fans should give this one a listen out of curiosity, but everyone else can pass.

 

 

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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