Cinderella
Long Cold Winter


4.0
excellent

Review

by RawkOClock USER (1 Reviews)
January 11th, 2012 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Cinderella were really asking for the hair metal label when they dressed up like a cross between the New York Dolls and a Madison Avenue transvestite on their debut album “Night Songs,” even if musically they sound nothing like Poison, Warrant, Winger, or Ratt, the truest examples of that genre moniker. Cinderella actually sounded like a toned down AC/DC with ballads, incorporating more blues than their reputation would belie. Tom Keifer strutted around like the cock-of-the-walk with his throat ripped out (before singing like he just had his throat ripped out almost caused to him literally have his throat ripped out), and the remainder of the band followed suit, riding the blues with a small infusion of glam to some truly classic albums.

If you’ve never heard “Gypsy Road,” I suggest you just stop listening to music right now. It’s the best song off “Long Cold Winter,” their career in general, and arguably of the entire genre itself. That ballsy, bluesy riff is the kind that generations should pass down when teaching their young how to properly rock (something that is sadly in major decline). “Gypsy Road” is the blues drenched pinnacle of “Long Cold Winter,” and sets the tone for what is easily their dirtiest and prettiest album at the same time. Even though 90% of power ballads seemed a tad forced due to record company execs demanding them as they bent over songwriters crying tears of sheer terror onto the pages of the contracts that so ripped them off, but “Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone” is absolutely sincere. It has that towering chorus, those pleading verses, that tear-jerking refrain. It’s like Warrant’s “Heaven” or Steelheart’s “I’ll Never Let You Go” if Jani Lane or whoever Steelheart’s lead singer could write better ballads. The story behind “Long Cold Winter” is the singles are the real stand-outs but the lesser known tracks are great blues jams. “Last Mile” is a melodic clinic that showcases great chorus harmonization and should have been much bigger, and “Coming Home” is arguably the most underrated song in the history of “hair metal.” I’ve seen Cinderella live twice and believe it or not that song is the one that resonates the most.

“Long Cold Winter” stands as one of the greatest pillars of 80’s hard rock, eclipsing “Night Songs” which is good in its own right and annihilates everything else they ever did. I like “Gypsy Road” so much that I get pissed off when somebody plays “Shake Me” or “Nobody’s Fool” or any other song than “Gypsy Road” itself. Tom paid the price for his screeching, as the guy can barely talk anymore, but his balls-out approach on this album was probably worth it.


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RawkOClock
January 10th 2012


84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not the best writer but I saw this classic didn't have a review, which is a sham.

TheNotrap
January 10th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos for reviewing this.
m/

Gypsy Road is an absolute classic track. The previous is better though.

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RawkOClock
January 10th 2012


84 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks TheNotrap

TheNotrap
January 10th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're welcome Hans.

KILL
January 10th 2012


71856 Comments


lol m/

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TheNotrap
January 10th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/


NeutralThunder12
January 10th 2012


8742 Comments


beautiful review

Ire
January 10th 2012


41787 Comments


RIPoclock

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2012


6148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Gypsy Road" has marked me permanently as a teenager back in the day...

Great album.



pos.

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MO
January 11th 2012


18775 Comments


"You're welcome Hans"

called it yesterday heh

BigHans
January 11th 2012


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 11th 2012


20748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MY GYPSY ROAD CAN'T TAKE ME HOME

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seedofnothing
January 11th 2012


3425 Comments


I knew I'd find my glass slippers somewhere.

pedro70512
April 8th 2012


2912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I heard Gypsy Road at Six Flags in 2003 and spent the next year trying to find the song. One of my favorites ever.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2012


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album wold seem perfect for the soundtrack of an 80's movie, the radio friendly tracks and the odd well written ballad rarely disappointing the listener.

foxblood
November 12th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

man i really am not diggin this one as much as their first. not too into the bluesier trax but songs
like If You Don't Like It are awesome

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2013


20748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I prefer their debut too, only just though.

BigHans
February 7th 2014


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should bring this alt back

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2014


8370 Comments


You should be around more, period.



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