Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: Mike Tramp and Rock N Roll Circuz “Stand Your Ground”

Melocid rock/AOR
After recently launching a reunion record of sorts for his old band White Lion, Mike Tramp returns this year with a new solo effort with his backing band, The Rock N Roll Circuz. Comprised of Soren Andersen (guitar), Claus Langeskov (bass), Morten Hellborn (drums) and Emily Garriock (backing vocals, keyboard and percussion), the Rock N Roll Circuz complement Tramp’s songwriting style and vocals perfectly, delivering a sound that is sure to please old school fans as well as younger rockers.

Tramp’s previous solo efforts have typically been mixed affairs, but they have been steadily getting better with each release. I think “Stand Your Ground” may rank among his best yet. This record is filled with consistently awesome tunes that are bursting with memorable hooks and sing-a-long choruses. I didn’t expect it going in, but “Stand Your Ground” is easily in the running for best melodic rock record of the year. There are so many good songs to highlight, so don’t neglect certain tracks just because I didn’t mention them.

After a reasonable beginning with an arena-ready encouragement anthem, “Don’t Let Them Put It On You”, the record kicks into high gear with a sizzling set of melodic rock goodies. “Alright By Me” features a classic Tramp chorus – the kind that could have been found on White Lion’s “Mane Attraction” album. The mid-tempo song “Distance” has immediate likeability with relatable lyrics and an earnest vocal from Tramp. An excellent ballad is found in “Straight From The Look In My Eyes”, which offers up one of the best choruses on the album. “Got Me Crazy” is an affable rocker about life’s trials and tribulations. “Prettiest Girl” is a silly little love song, but it’s undeniably catchy. The rocking “Say What You Will” is another highlight with a driving beat escorting you to another terrific chorus.

Mike Tramp is back in a big way with a fresh modern sound and a plate of memorable melodies - don't miss this one!

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