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JANI LANE ‘Back Down To One’
(Z Records ZR1997086) (2003)

Warrant vocalist Jani Lane makes his solo splash with this album. Joining him are Adam Mercer (drums), Matt Cleary (guitar) and Mark Matthews (bass), with Dave Brooks on backing vocals. First off, it isn’t the classic Warrant sound, more in the realm of pop punk/metal a la Good Charlotte and even hints of Butch Walker in the cutting lyrics.

Take opener, ‘Funny’ which bounces along on a tight guitar riff complete with harmonies all over the chorus. All the songs are tightly composed - not one over four minutes. The title track wouldn’t look out of place on a Butch Walker album. Nice slice of pop punk on ‘Oh Yeah’, which is better than say Good Charlotte in that Jani Lane has a better vocal range. More of the same on ‘6 Feet Under’ and ‘Sick’, the latter the nearest to the Warrant sound especially in the guitar sound.

A very surprising album, full of catchy melodies and shows Jani Lane’s undoubted song writing talent when it comes to penning catchy tunes. With some airplay it would be sure fire hit in the current musical climate.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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