Saturday, July 11, 2015

TRIXTER: "Human Era"

Rating: RRRR
Label: Frontiers 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Truth be told. I haven't been too kind on poor Trixter in the past. In fact. I gave their comeback album (simply do the search) a proper kick to the teeth and I'm not keen on their first two albums for that matter. A couple of great tracks here and there, but never a solid album. Well. Lo and behold, it's 2015 and here's the effort I've been hoping for as the Trixters are back with their best album up to date. To quote the fitting lyric from the title track of Human Era, "Here we are now so much older. A little wiser and so much bolder. Here we are now not dated. A little torn yet far from jaded".

There's no such thing as dated (unless we're talking about production) when it comes to music. It's the circle of life. Musicians borrow, copy, and steal melodies from their old heroes and that goes for every genre and style. There's no such thing as "new" music, it's all been done before. It's just a matter of trying to sound as original as possible without actually being originals. Too many musicians and not enough notes in the world to be unique after 60 years of rock n' roll.

So what if Human Era isn't groundbreaking stuff. It's simply just the fun and super catchy party album with one massive hook after the other. Talk about out of the blue and straight to the top of melodic hardrock albums of the year. Are you fed up listening to the latest Bon Jovi albums? Try this for size as you'll end up with a big grin all over your face. It's got that feeling of Firehouse and their first two albums (which I love), Bon Jovi, and of course Trixter, but on steroids since every thing's bigger and better than in the past.

"Rockin' To The Edge Of The Night, Crash That Party, Not Like All The Rest", body hit after body hit and you're down for the count in no time. "Beats me Up", the lovely semi-ballad inspired by Cheap Trick no doubt? "Good Times Now", sing-a-long anthem by Steve Brown and the sort of stuff that Bon Jovi should be doing. "Midnight In Your Eyes", nearly perfect mid-tempo rock with tasty lead guitar and wicked hook. The complete 360 (huh?) and thus also the opposite to all of their other albums. Great!

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