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Where'd The Down Boys Go?

  • Oct 6, 2005
Warrant was a band in that eerie vortex between hair metal gods such as Def Leppard and Motley Crue and modest metal hit makers like Cinderella and White Lion. People sure did love'em, but they really didn't put out any music memorable enough to have a true influence on rock music as a whole. For instance, their biggest hits were a laughable tune about sex, "Cherry Pie," and a power ballad, "Heaven." Near the end of their successful run, the made like turncoats and switched their style dramatically. That proved to be a big mistake.

On the other hand, they did have some good songs. The aforementioned hits are probably their best known, but other favorites include the over-rated "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and "Sometimes She Cries." These and other songs clutter this greatest hits set that would have better been titled, "Two Really Big Tunes And A Couple Of Modest Hits." The subtitle could have read something like this: "Also included: a wretched cover of a Queen classic!"

When Warrant was on, they were on big time, but mostly they were just an above-average party metal band that came along at the right time. They'll never be looked upon as greats, but you can't ignore the fact that they did have a few hits.

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Warrant is a schizophrenic band, a condition illustrated by this 16-song "hits" collection. The Los Angeles-based lineup's 1989 debut,Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, featured such metal-lite delights as "32 Pennies," the title track, the insipid, self-referential trademark hit "Down Boys," the sappy power ballad "Heaven," the lascivious "Cherry Pie," and "Sometimes She Cries," all of which appear on this best-of. But by 1992'sDog Eat Dog, Warrant had gone heavier and grungier, befitting the musical climate of the era. Consequently, the quintet lost fans who perceived the group as bandwagon jumpers; actually, they do a decent job with heavier songs such as "Machine Gun" and "Hole in My Wall." Proving that singer Jani Lane and pals could be tender and memorable without being cheesy are the gutsy, bluesy "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the beautiful "I Saw Red." Their cover ofQueen's "We Will Rock You," on the other hand, almost manages to sap the song's inherent monster groove. While Warrant's move from image-conscious pop-metal to a heavier sound was awkward in execution, fans of either of the band's phases--and those who like both--will dig this diverse disc.--Katherine Turman
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Label: Sony
Artist: Warrant
Release Date: April 2, 1996

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