• Mon. Mar 4th, 2024

Night Ranger – Classic Rockers Return with Don’t Let Up!

Night Ranger was one of the most iconic bands of the 1980s, with classic cuts like “Sister Christian,” “Sing Me Away,” “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street,” “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” Although classic members Jeff Watson and Alan Fitzgerald have since parted ways with the group, classic members Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, and Jack Blades have joined forces with the equally talented and proficient Eric Levy and Keri Kelli.

Don’t Let Up is slated for release by Frontiers Records on March 24, 2017, and is the latest release from the quintet. While a good many bands are content to call it good and capitalize on the same old hits forever, Night Ranger certainly shows no signs of letting up, recorded consistently over the years, and having roughly a dozen studio albums to their name. But can the Night Ranger boys still deliver?

An aging band always faces a struggle. Do they attempt to modernize and cash in on modern rock trends, or do they try to copy the glory days and keep those old sounds alive? The ideal situation for one of these bands is to find a balance between the two, which is not always easy. Fortunately, as they prove on Don’t Let Up, Night Ranger has it down.

 

 

The results on the new album speak for themselves. The band clearly are not nostalgia hounds that are clinging for desperate, dear life to their hits of yesteryear; the group modernizes in fine form, creating songs that would not be out of place on modern rock radio, yet at the heart of it all, this is still the same band that debuted with Dawn Patrol way back in 1982. There are slower cuts, power pop songs, bluesy rockers, and even cuts that would not have been out of place on something like a Foo Fighters record. This powerful musical diversity shows throughout the record’s duration; Night Ranger is still going strong, and has given us one of 2017’s best releases so far.

If you are a Night Ranger fan that wonders whatever happened to the band, here is your answer. They are still going strong and recording kick-ass rock and roll. A strong and diverse release, Don’t Let Go comes highly recommended. Be sure to add it to your collection when it streets on March 24.

 

 

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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