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Long Cold Winter

Cinderella - Long Cold Winter ©1988 Polygram
1. Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin' Apart At The Seams
2. Gypsy Road
3. Don't Know What You've Got (till It's Gone)
4. The Last Mile
5. Second Wind
6. Long Cold Winter
7. If You Don't Like It
8. Coming Home
9. Fire And Ice
10. Take Me Back

Regardless of the atrocious frilly outfits, mile high hair and overall glammy image, Cinderella was definitely a step ahead of the game back in the 80s hairspray pile. Long Cold Winter was a huge improvement from their 1986 debut, Night Songs, and one of the better rock albums to come out in 1988. Cinderella took a much more steady road in terms of songwriting, mixing a bit of the blues, AC/DC vocals and plain ol' fashioned rock. Moreover, the songs just oozed with catchiness and was the sort of thing that was made for riding down the open road with the windows down. "Gypsy Road", "Second Wind" and "Fire and Ice" are all the stuff that fist pumping rock arena dreams are made of. But on the flipside, Cinderella could also pull on the heart strings with soulful ballads such as "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" (though the song received so much airplay that I really don't need to hear it again). The title track is a haunting, organ filled number that proved the band had a little more depth than some of their fast car driving contemporaries. Long Cold Winter is certainly one of the best albums to survive the glam overdose of the 80s and something I like to put on to wax nostalgic about those long gone days.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2000

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Heartbreak Station

Cinderella - Heartbreak Station ©1990 Polygram/Mercury
1. The More Things Change
2. Love's Got Me Doin' Time
3. Shelter Me
4. Heartbreak Station
5. Sick For The Cure
6. One For Rock And Roll
7. Dead Man's Road
8. Make Your Own Way
9. Electric Love
10. Love Gone Bad
11. Winds Of Change

Out of all the hair/glam bands to primp and pose on a stage during that late 80's fad, Cinderella is perhaps of the few I can still look back on with a modicum of respect. Mind you, they were severe hair offenders of the worst degree (check out their totally prissy get-up on the cover of Night Songs. However, they shed off a lot of their pretentions by this, their third full length album, and settled into a very decent style that was uniquely their own. Mixing their original glam-ish AC/DC based rock with a touch of the Rolling Stones and Delta Blues, this entire album just reeks of swamp and good ol' boys sitting on the back porch writing songs about their women and how they broke hearts (and often). Tom Keifer, who can give Brian Johnson a run for his money in that shrill octave breaking voice, tempers some of his singing with an actual singing tone, especially on "Dead Man's Road". Interestingly, Keifer adds a lot of horns, gospel back-up vocals, and other instrumentation that was totally foreign to the dying glam scene at the time. While it works a lot of the time, it also sounds out of place (as on "Sick for the Cure", where the background singers sound fully on the wrong album). Overall, this is one of the best albums of the genre, though it came right before the death of glam. Cinderella disappeared for a long time, which is too bad as they were on to something here.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1997

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