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Stray From The Flock - Mike Tramp

Goodbye to Mike Tramp and hello to Michael Trempenau?

The whole Mike Tramps solo career, has acted as a sincere attempt to make up with the past as teenageidol and rock star, but maybe it was time to take the next step? Perhaps you could 'Mike Tramp' dropping the stage name of the next album, face the fact that he just is Michael Trempenau and so sing in English? It would suit him, I think, and maybe it can get started in a career that artistic is stuck.

Teenageidol and the rock star

At first he was teenageidol in Denmark, then he went to the UNITED states, and was hairmetal-superstar. When the scene suddenly drowned in too much hairspray and selvfedme, he managed once again, nice success – now with a grunge-inspired band. Yes, Mike Tramp have achieved far more than most of the Danish musicians can afford just to dream about. He has been working on his fourth (musical) life since Capricorn from 1997, and now available Stray From The Flock, which is impressive enough is the Tramps album number eleven as a solo artist.

Sincerely, well-intentioned and nicely boring

The first thing you notice on the Stray From The Flock, is that it sounds exactly the same as the last many solo albums from the Tramp. There is nothing wrong in adhering to a style that suits one, and you can mention the countless other artists who do exactly the same. It does provide additional requirements for sangmaterialets grades, if the new album sounds exactly like the previous, but at the same time must be relevant. In short, features a Stray on the countryrock and americana, inspired by artists such as Tom Petty, John Mellencamp and of course The Boss himself. It is a fine tradition with good gammeldaws rock music and songs you can sing along with dealing with all of us Jack and Dianes and the ordinary life in hjertelandet. But it is also very much heard before, and fit in, stand plates, easily in line, and that is exactly what happens to Stray From The Flock.

The next problem, one is quickly confronted with, is the chorus of åbningsnummeret the eight minute long anti-krigshymne "No End to War". With the full pathos of the singing Tramp: ‘there'll never be no end to war' and let us just for the sake of clarity to take the English: 'there will never be no end to war', or in other words: 'there will always be an end to war'. We are out of something misplaced double-negation-ghetto-slang here, or is it just accidental nonsense? No matter what, it is then difficult to take the song seriously. Similarly, it is difficult to understand, that there is never any of the people involved in this album, which has not failed to help to make the Tramp aware of the problem. Even when the emotions are given free rein, and in spite of all the beautiful melodies in "No End to War" takes over, it is impossible all the time not to let the focus on it. Conscious or unconscious? I do not know it not.

However, there are other very solid moments on the album, which we should not fail to avoid to overlook. The single "Dead End Ride" is not ueffen, "You Ain't Free Anymore" have a great D. A. D.-like riff, and "One Last Mission" is a good rock song with an approved 'arms-in-weather-and-sing-with chorus. But otherwise, as you go through the album too far between the highlights and too much uninteresting fill. Like most of the Tramps soloudspil works Stray From The Flock sincerely and well-intentioned, it sounds like it should and performed professionally. In the end it becomes just too boring and monotonous.

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