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Mike Tramp - Nomad

Mike Tramp
by Matt Coe at 21 June 2015, 9:40 PM

Most long-time hard rock followers are well aware of MIKE TRAMP in terms of his legacy as the front man for 80’s platinum recording artist WHITE LION. Considering the fact that a ‘true’ reunion is out of the question, given guitarist Vito Bratta’s retirement from the scene, that doesn’t mean that Mike needs to lay his creative nature down and live in nostalgia. “Nomad” is the latest solo venture, a 10-song adventure that explores more of a softer, Melodic Rock terrain than his heavier, youthful years.

Acoustic guitars and organs take center stage on many songs – especially “Wait Till Forever” that has a laidback, semi-country meets THE EAGLES feel. You can sense tumbleweeds rolling against the sand on a windy day when you take in the slower “Bow and Obey”, while the cautionary drug-abuse tale “High Like a Mountain” is probably one of the best lyrical storylines to take in as the electric guitar and narrative elements hit other dynamic peaks to rivet brain and heart interest.

Mike hasn’t lost one iota of his range, but prefers to explore more of his lower and middle register on “Nomad” – his best melodies and choruses coming up on opener “Give It All You Got” and “Stay” – the latter something that could easily appear on recent records for THE GOO GOO DOLLS. As long as you understand that musicians need to go where their heart lies and offer music that means something to them, there should be no problem with the fact that this is more of a softer, Melodic Rock effort with Blues and Country twinges- or 60’s throwback moments like the closer “Moving On”.

WHITE LION is in the rear view memory to treasure forever – so let’s appreciate MIKE TRAMP and his craft as long as the songs deliver and entertain – and for my money, he’s achieved the balance very well. 

4 Star Rating

1. Give It All You Got
2. Wait Till Forever
3. Counting the Hours
4. Bow and Obey
5. High Like a Mountain
6. No More
7. Stay
8. Who Can You Believe
9. Live to Tell
10. Moving On
Mike Tramp - Vocals
Record Label: Target Records


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