Had this on cassette back in the day and would just let it auto flip over and over in my car and It still sounds amazing today. So much talent in every department in this band. If you’re looking for some 80’s (amazing) guitar rock this is for you.
The beginning of the end ...
I was excited as hell in seventh grade to grab up this record, because I loved the previous three -- "Dawn Patrol," "Seven Wishes" and especially "Midnight Madness" -- but I think at this point, NR was trying too hard to jump into the pop/metal, Bon Jovi kind of exposure with ballads and stuff ... and this record failed miserably.
Too many keyboards, and the supposed "big" single, "The Secret of My Success," is as mediocre as the film for which it was written. Terrible song. This whole record was not a rcoker like the previous three. Very disappointing.
Best tracks: "Color of Your Smile," "Rain Comes Crashing Down," "Hearts Away," the weird title track, and that's about it. I love Night Ranger, but not this record.
between OK and Good
Night Ranger seemed to lose something with each album. Their best was Dawn Patrol. Their second best was Midnight Madness. Their third best was seven Wishes. And their fourth best is this one...Big LIfe. It is like more of the creative juices are gone after each album and nothing is getting replaced. I gave it a "good" rating mostly because I felt i owed it that because I did play it a lot back in the 80's when I bought it. However...that was generous. This to me is their last "good" album. All the rest are OK at best.
Too much gloss and the beginning of the end
If anyone ever needs an example of an over-produced, super glossy failure of an 80s arena rock album, look no further than Big Life by Night Ranger. And for anyone who wonders where Night Ranger disappeared to after the 80s, this is the album that points the way. After the mega-success of albums Midnight Madness and 7 Wishes, NIght Ranger apparently felt they needed to apply another sheen of polish on their melodic hard rock. It didn't work. The album bombed, and after one more mediocre effort Night Ranger disbanded for other projects and wasn't heard from again for ten years.
However, this album does bring back some nice teenage memories, so it is nice to have the chance to at least hear it again, as it is finally released on iTune after being understandably out-of-print for over two decades. It won't warrant many listens on my iPod, but not every song is a train wreck. The title track, despite its inane lyrics, does pack a decent hard melodic punch and "The Secret of My Success" was a moderate hit. But nothing on this album compares favorably to even the non-hits of the previous two albums. Therefore, I recommend for completists only.
My personal fav night ranger album
A good balance of rockers and ballads
Standouts are big life,love is standing near and secret of my success!!