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Trixter: New Audio Machine

Well, I didn't see this one coming, that's for sure! One of the last melodic rock acts to hit the big time before baggy jumpers, depressive lyrics and shoe gazing, swept the smiles off rock fans, Trixter have always been a band that I've dismissed as one of those who rightly got lost in the grunge reshuffle. I do have the band's 1990 debut, but wasn't impressed enough to invest in Hear! from two years later, or the decidedly eclectic set of covers that the band released as Undercovers in 1994. So, fair to suggest that my hopes weren't exactly raised for a comeback album that falls twenty years after the last Trixter studio effort. How wrong was I??

Crammed with blistering melodic rock riffs, and possessing a stunningly huge production, New Audio Machine is a barnstormer of an album that combines 80's musical ideas with a contemporary execution and sound. Whether it is hyper-active "Drag Me Down", the irresistible boogie of "Machine" or the mid-paced throbathon of "Physical Attraction", NAM is a party record that sounds current and modern, without feeling in any way contrived, or forced. It really is almost as clever as it is surprising. Imagine something like prime-time Def Leppard, mingling with new boys on the block Kissin Dynamite, before throwing in the bluesy class of AC/DC and you'll be well on your way to getting the sound of this album. In short this is good time, yet utterly indispensible melodic rock with a hard edge, like I haven't heard in quite some time. To say that Peter Loran (guitar/vocals), Steve Brown (guitar), P.J. Farley (bass) and Mark Scott (drums), have outdone themselves with New Audio Machine really doesn't do this release justice.

In an age of never ending reformations, nostalgia tours and comeback albums, Trixter have reappeared to prove that at least some of these nods to the past can actually be better than they were first time round. Surely Trixter were never this good before?

Track Listing
1. Drag Me Down
2. Get It On
3. Dirty Love
4. Machine
5. Live For The Day
6. Ride
7. Physical Attraction
8. Tattoos And Misery
9. The Coolest Thing
10. Save Your Soul
11. Walk With A Stranger

Added: April 30th 2012
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Trixter MySpace
Hits: 1681
Language: english

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