Review NIGHT RANGER ‚ATBPO‘

What is a better thing during a pandemic than starting work on a  new album. Many bands decided to take that road and also Night Ranger didn‘t waste any time. Jack Blades, Brad Gillis, Kelly Keagy, Eric Levy and Keri Kelly started the songwriting for ‚ATBPO‘ in early 2020, just when the pandemic started to keep everybody in suspense.

‚ATBPO‘ is an acronym and stands for ‚And The Band Played On‘. What a well-chosen title these days when you sometimes wonder what your favorite band is doing in times of stage absence. In this case, things are pretty simple. Night Ranger gave space for their creative power flow, leading to eleven new songs being the tracklist of their 12th studio album.

Night Ranger never disappointed with their longplayers and also the newest delivery is a treat for fans of well-crafted rock music with an arena approach. ‚Coming For You‘ is the opener and a direction-giver for the album. The uptempo starter leaves no doubt that Night Ranger aim to continue their hot streak. Great melodylines, the right level of heaviness and a vitality level that can‘t be reached by some of the younger bands, that is Night Ranger in 2021.

‚Breakout‘ is another good-vibe rocker, crispy and with a solid punch. Keyboards enrich the melodic smasher that leads towards ‚Hard to Make It Easy‘. The grooving and piano-supported tune has a nice swing that delights soul and mind. 

‚The Hardest Road‘ is the soulful and touching highlight of the album. Night Ranger has quite some ballads with ‚Sister Christian‘ being a milestone song. This one though has a strong melancholic expression and goes right through you. 

With the towering ‚Monkey‘ and ‚A Lucky Man‘ things come closer to an end. ‚Tomorrow‘, the closer, is a typical Night Ranger song that units melody, harmony and rock spirit.

This longplayer proves that it was an excellent decision that the band, Night Ranger, played on. ‚ATBPO‘ is an exquisite hard rock album. Dynamics, groove and melodies are interacting in great fashion with Brad Gillis‘ and Keri Kelli‘s guitars getting enough space to shine with rocking riff power and elegant solos. This album has the potential of blowing away the grey shades of daily life and add some colors to it. 

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Coming For You
  2. Bring It All Home To Me
  3. Breakout
  4. Hard To Make It Easy
  5. Can’t Afford A Hero
  6. Cold As December
  7. Dance
  8. The Hardest Road
  9. Monkey
  10. A Lucky Man
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Savior (Bonus Track for CD and LP only)

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: August 6th, 2021

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