Warrant - 'Rockaholic'
Released through Frontier records in 5/13/2011
Jerry Dixon – Bass, vocals
Erik Turner – Rhythm Guitar, vocals
Joey Allen – Lead Guitar, vocals
Robert Mason – Lead Vocals
Steven Sweet – Drums, vocals
1.) "Sex Ain't Love" -This track opens with a single measure playing a repeated rhythm guitar riff. If someone had of played this riff for me and ask who I thought it was, I would not have said Warrant. The band kick-in is at the second measure. Robert sings a vocal accent to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. The way the band wrote and recorded the musical verse continues the rhythm riff of the intro with a full-band musical change over the top of it. The way the over the top arrangement was written gave it several musical rests causing the underling arrangement to bleed through. There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus. There is a small breakdown leading into Joey lead guitar solo. The solo is short and connects to a more major breakdown section. This major breakdown section consisted of a lead vocal line over the top of it.
2.) "Innocence Gone" - This track opens with both Joey & Erik playing a simple rhythm riff over the top of a hi-hat pattern. The main intro kicks-in with a rhythm guitar change and minor lead guitar solo. The solo leads right into the musical verse. The way they set the lyric lines up consisted of the rhythm guitar connecting the lyric lines together. The backing harmonies of the chorus were classic hard rock. The lead guitar solo for this track was played by both Erik & Joey! The coda consisted of a tribute to the seventies glam band Sweet! This is in sound not coving a Sweet song!
3.) "Sanke" - The intro to this track opened with a very solid groove rhythm. There is a small vocal accent over the top that leads into a minor lead guitar solo. There is a small rhythm change for the musical verse. There was also a small musical change for the musical pre-chorus. The hook the guys wrote for the chorus was amazing!!! There is a lead guitar solo connecting the second and third chorus.
4.) "Dusty's Revenge" -The intro to this track opens with a national steel riff. After the riff goes through once there is a vocal accent along with a backing harmony over the top of it. The band kicks the song in to connect the intro with the verse. There is a small minor lead guitar solo over the top of the connected musical piece. All you can say about the musical verse is what a solid groove!!!!! Same with the hook of the musical & lyrical chorus. Erik plays little lead licks underneath Robert's lyric lines. This leads into the lead guitar solo. The coda consisted of a repeat of the intro.
5.) "Home" - The intro to this ballad consisted of a minor lead guitar solo over the top of an electric rhythm over the top of an acoustic base. The main guitar of the chorus is an acoustic guitar and an orchestrated arrangement to fill-in there are several lead guitar riffs. The lead guitar rhythm kicks-in for the musical verse. This may be one of the if not the best ballad Warrant has ever written.
6.) "What Love Can Do" - What a very-well written song!!!!!!
7.) "Life's A Song" - instead of opening this track with an intro they opened the song with a pre-verse. There is arrangement change for the musical verse. There is a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the musical chorus. There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. The solo runs underneath the third chorus.
8.) "Show Must Go On" -This is a simple heavy metal groove song!
9.) "Cocaine Freight Train" - This intro opens with a very heavy driving beat. The guys use the same rhythm for the verse as the one for the intro section. There is a small rhythm change for the chorus. There is a harmonica/lead guitar solo for the lead guitar solo section.
10.) "Found Forever" - Probably the best well-written song the band has ever recorded.
11.) "Candy Man" - This track opens with a simple rhythm guitar riff. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the intro with the musical verse. It is hard to tell however the minor solo sounded like it was done with a talk-box effect. The musical verse had a very simple groove to it. The lyric lines of the pre-chorus were recorded lead vocal/backing harmony/lead vocal....etc. There is a twin lead guitar solo after the second chorus and breakdown section. There is a lead vocal line over the top of the breakdown section.
12.) "Sunshine" - The intro to this track consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. The way the guy's arranged the intro gave it a sixties feel. There is a lead vocal accent over the top of the intro. There is a very simple rhythm change for the musical verse. This rhythm change consisted of both guitarists playing the same rhythm. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there is a major lead guitar solo that leads into a small breakdown section.
13.) "Tears In The City" - A perfect Warrant ballad!
14.) "The Last Straw" - The intro to this track consisted of a very simple intro arrangement. The band used the same musical arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro section. As the song progresses to the hook of the chorus it builds with intensity. After the second chorus there is a small breakdown section that leads to the lead guitar solo. The way the Erik & Joey recorded the lead guitar solo section consisted of Joey playing the lead with Erik playing the same notes on rhythm underneath it.
'Rockaholic' features unknown vocalist Robert Mason behind the mic. Nothing against Jani Lane or Jaime St. James however this is the way Warrant should have sounded from the beginning!!!! 'Rockaholic' will go down as one of if not the bands' greatest work!!!!