"Fight Another Day"

By Colonel Angus

Back in the late 80s, the Dan Reed Network were Kerrang darlings.  Dan Reed himself was the latest pin-up for a genre that was ready to implode.  At that time, I was more interested in Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and the “harder” edged music so the Dan Reed Network were never on my playlist.  As time has gone by, I have discover a lot of music that I overlooked previously but theirs has never come up.  Well now that 25 years have passed by since the last recording, the original group has reformed and put out Fight Another Day.  Let me start by saying that I do love AOR or melodic rock and funk.  Joe Lynn Turner and Glenn Hughes are 2 of my favorite artists when it come to that genre so when I read the bio that Dan Reed Network was a combination of these styles, I was really intrigued.  After listening to the album for a couple of weeks, I can say that the bio was spot on.  The music contained plenty of melody with a good helping of some funk to make it interesting.  My biggest issue with the album is that when it works, it works extremely well but when it doesn’t, it is kind of boring.  Songs like “Infected”, “Divided”, and “Sharp Turn” are all really good tunes.  Hell, I even like the mellower moments like “Champion” and “B There For U” but “Give It Love”, “Save the World”, and “Reunite” go nowhere.  I also think that “Ignition” is kind of pointless but if it had to be on the record, I would have made that the intro track as it does have a build up to it.

All the band members put in good performances although I can’t really compare it to earlier releases because I have not heard them.  As I mentioned earlier, there are some songs that are quite good and deserve being part of anyone’s playlist but there is only half an albums worth of those tunes.  I would have given some of the tracks a little more time as I think there are some good ideas there but they are not fully realized.  Fans of Dan Reed Network will probably love Fight Another Day but I don’t think they will convert many new fans.  It’s a shame because 50% of the record is really good.  You’ll just have to decide if in 2016, that is worth you hard earned dollars.