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Mike Tramp The Rock N Roll Cirkuz Sony Denmark
Produced By: Mike Tramp

Running Time: 61.00

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Rock/Pop Rock

Links: Mike Tramp
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Songs: 70%
Sound: 90%
Mike's going to kill me for this. I've previously been painted as a Tramp fan-boy due to my very positive reviews and coverage of Mike's music. And I guess that is true to a point I love Mike's solo work and I grew up on White Lion and rate Recovering The Wasted Years as one of the finest solo records of the decade. But here is proof that I will always call it as I see it regardless of who the album review is for.
And with The Rock N Roll Circuz, I feel that Mike has shifted into a direction I'm not as keen on and think that some classy songwriting has been affected by choice of musical direction.
In part the part where this album really works Mike returns to the storytelling feel of his Recovering and More To Life Than This albums, delving into the Springsteen meets the more laid back White Lion approach that gives Mike his solo sound. Lyrically Mike sticks to his familiar theme of life, love and doing it all for Rock n Roll.
Songwise, the one minute intro track is of little consequence, but the opening All Of My Life is just golden. Everything I love about Mike's work and about rock n roll in general.
Back To You has a more modern approach, but is still 100% Mike and another winner.
Come On is the first sign that other musical elements have crept into the music, with a slight mid-west country feel in play. Still, another memorable song.
Anymore is a heartfelt ballad, with acoustic guitars driving the song and strings bringing that country feel to the forefront.
Highway is another uptempo sing-along favourite not as prominent with the acoustic influence and rocking along nicely.
Elsewhere on the album is the mid-west/country tinged ballads of The Road and Wiseman; while Rockabilly gets a run on No Tomorrow and Sunshine; and John Mellencamp gets a nod with Between Good N Bad and Lay Down Your Guns.
More traditional Tramp fare comes in the form of the haunting orchestral ballad When She Cries, featuring a wonderfully heartfelt vocal.
The Bottom Line
The album starts with a bang and a few choice Mike Tramp cuts, but there onwards drifts into more acoustic driven tracks with a strong mid-west sound and even come country-ish influences. This album I feel, is more dependant on mood than Mike's other work. The laid back style is great for those moments when something like this hits the spot. I'm not sold on every track and prefer Mike's last two solo release over this, but I'm still a fan boy at heart.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Capricorn
Recovering The Wasted Years
More To Life Than This
Rock N Roll Alive
The Rock N Roll Circuz

Line Up:
Mike Tramp: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Promo: Not Listed
Essential For Fans Of:
Mike Tramp - Solo
Track Listing
Enter The Circuz
All Of My Life *
Back To You *
Come On
Anymore *
Highway *
No Tomorrow
The Road
Sunshine
Between Good 'N' Bad
Wiseman
When She Cries *
Lay Down Your Guns

--*Best Tracks



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