Night Ranger

7 Wishes

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Never understood why the boys dubbed their third record 7 Wishes and not 3 Wishes (maybe cause Shooting Star snagged the idea first); whatever the case, the title track, concerning a magic lamb, burns down one side and up the other. Same goes for heavy smoker "Interstate Love Affair," a tune previewed in Teachers (They just don't write 'em like that anymore). "Four in the Morning" (original title "I Can't Take It No More") contains some of Blades' sharpest whiskey pontificating: "Tonight, tonight, tonight, this boy needs to rock!" At the end you get "Goodbye," a beautiful memory-go-round of bitterness and sweetness. Blades reverts back to a school boy until the dynamic Gillis/Watson duo steps in trading scorching solos like the sun bursting through a hangover: "And all this could be such a dream so it seems/I was never much good at goodbye." Amen.

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