I have been anxious to hear new Warrant music, with Robert Mason on vocals ever since I first saw them play live with Mason singing back in 2009.
When the band debuted a couple of their new songs at the M3 Rock Festival in 2010, I knew we were going to have another cool Warrant album on our hands before long.
With no surprise, Rockaholic has exceeded my expectations by far.
There are several great tunes on Rockaholic, and way too many to talk about individually. The songs that are amongst my favorites are “Sex Ain’t Love”, “Dusty’s Revenge”, Life’s A Song”,”Show Must Go On” and “The Last Straw”.
This is easily Warrant’s strongest album since Dog Eat Dog, and surpasses the previous effort Born Again with Jamie St. James by a mile!
Robert Mason is a fantastic vocalist, and some may argue, “Yeah, but he ain’t Jani Lane”, but quite honestly, I think he is a better hard rock singer overall. That isn’t a dig against Jani, I like him a lot too. I believe Robert Mason has the voice that is going to keep Warrant around for many more years. Rockaholic is great beginning to the Robert Mason era of Warrant, and is a CD you should be checking out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Sex Ain’t Love 3:57
2. Innocence Gone 3:40
3. Snake 3:44
4. Dusty’s Revenge 4:26
5. Home 3:27
6. What Love Can Do 4:19
7. Life’s A Song 4:09
8. Show Must Go On 2:48
9. Cocaine Freight Train 2:57
10. Found Forever 4:14
11. Candy Man 4:04
12. Sunshine 3:53
13. Tears In The City 3:34
14. The Last Straw 4:12
Robert Mason – Vocals
Joey Allen – Guitars
Eric Turner – Guitars
Jerry Dixon – Bass
Steven Sweet – Drums
When I saw that the new Warrant CD was out, I was a little hesitant about picking this up. I didn’t really enjoy the last couple of releases by Warrant, and I was afraid that this CD would be like the last two instead of the initial albums that made me love this band.
At no point was Jamie St. James a deterrent for me at all. I liked Jamie in Black ‘N Blue and I always thought that band was underrated. The last couple of discs with Jani Lane didn’t set my world on fire, so why not give Jamie a chance.
Thankfully, Born Again is a nice surprise! This CD has the vibe of the first 3 CD’s and is the best thing the guys have done since Dog Eat Dog.
Some could argue that the music is a little dated. I would argue, hell yes, its 80’s Hard Rock, and it still sounds great in 2006. I love this stuff! Why didn’t Warrant do this sooner?
Jamie St. James is a great addition to this band, and the return of Joey Allen has helped to strengthen the Warrant sound!
There are plenty of songs on here to like. My personal favorites are Devils Juice, a song that sounds like it could have been on DRFSR. I also like the rocking Dirty Jack, and Bourbon County Line. Angels is a pretty good song as well.
The amazing thing is, the whole vibe of this CD sounds like Warrant in their heyday, and that is hard thing for any band to reproduce. With each successive listen this CD has gotten better. The guys in Warrant have crafted a very enjoyable disc.
The future is certainly bright for Joey Allen, Erik Turner and company.
Here is the video for Bourbon County Line. I think if you like this song, you will enjoy this CD. I know I did!
Rating: Out of 10
- Devils Juice
- Dirty Jack
- Bourbon County Line
- Hell, CA
- Love Strikes Like Lightning
- Down in Diamonds
- Velvet Noose
- Good Times
Jaime St. James – Lead Vocals
Joey Allen – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Erik Turner – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jerry Dixon – Bass, Backing Vocals
Steven Sweet – Drums, Backing Vocals