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Night Ranger-Somwhere in California

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"astoundingly good axework from long-time ‘Ranger Brad Gillis and his newish compadre Joel Hoekstra)"
-Scott Adams, metaltalk.net

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"...hard rock with amazing solos; guitarists Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra prove that they are a force to be reckoned with."
-Ragman, therighttorock.com

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"..bassist Jack Blades, drummer Kelly Keagy and guitarist Brad Gillis are joined by virtuoso guitarist Joel Hoekstra and keyboardist Eric Levy....Whatever the reason, this may be the hardest rocking album Night Ranger has ever released."
-Ted Hansen, Mesa Examiner

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"the guitar tandem of Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra is first rate."
-lordsofmetal.com

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"some incendiary playing from Gillis and Hoekstra."
-Woody, rocktopia.co.uk

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"Newcomer Hoekstra and Gillis work great together, letting loose with some powerful riffs and melodies..."
Christine Caruana, loudmag.com

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"Brad Gillis and Joel Hoekstra have struck up a solid partnership on guitar, and there’s some great interplay to be found between the two as you delve into the mechanics of the album."
D. Cockett, destinyrocks.com

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"Brad Gillis wields lengthy, melodic solos like no other– and this time teams up with Joel Hoekstra on some searing dual harmonies."
-Matt Coe, eternal-terror.com

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"...some strong additions to the mix. Joel Hoekstra (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages the musical, and way too many a-list bands to list) takes the place of Jeff Watson on guitar."
-Ivan Parrish, insideheavy.com

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"Gillis and guitarist Joel Hoekstra play off each other well...This is classic Night Ranger the way we remember them and the way they were meant to sound.
-ryovie, hardrockhideout.com

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"...rockers that feature Hoekstra and fellow guitarist Brad Gillis letting lose some potent leads and rhythms."
-Chris Akin, pitriff.com

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"Joel Hoekstra provides a perfect foil for Brad Gillis in the duel of guitar solos."
-Jason Ritchie, getreadytorock.com

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"Gillis is now joined by Joel Hoekstra. Who does a rather good job, for that matter...chock full of great guitar playing...One of the year’s better melodic rock albums and one of the better guitar albums to boot!"
-Sancho, virtuosityone.com

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"Brad Gillis turns in plenty of arena-ready soaring solos. Joel Hoekstra of Broadway's Rock of Ages adds his talents to the dual guitar attack."
-Johnnie Vrana, shockwavemagazine.com

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"The injection of guitarist Joel Hoekstra and keyboardist Eric Levy has really made this line-up feel like a band that has been playing together for years."
-Andrew McNeice, melodicrock.com

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"‘Somewhere in California’ signifies a most welcome return to the classic Night Ranger sound. Sun-kissed harmonies are stacked high to the sky, surrounded with thick guitars courtesy of original axeman Brad Gillis and newer recruit Joel Hoekstra."
-Matt Wardlaw, ultimateclassicrock.com

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"Gillis continues to prove himself as an unsung guitar demi-god (Joel Hoekstra is no slouch either!)"
-Metal Misfit, metalexcess.com

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"...sees Night Ranger delivering those hooks amidst a wave of searing guitar riffs and leads from Gillis & Hoekstra"
-Pete Pardo, seaoftranquility.org

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"...newer members Joel (Since 2008) and Eric Levy have really slotted in so well and already their touches flourish. Great stuff!"
-Alun Williams, chambersofrock