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Wig Wam - 2010 Non Stop Rock And Roll



ARTIST: Wig Wam
ALBUM: Non Stop Rock And Roll
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 443
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Glam - vocals * Teeny - guitars * Flash - bass * Sporty - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do Ya Wanna Taste It * 02 Walls Come Down * 03 Wild One * 04 C'mon Everybody * 05 Man In The Moon * 06 Still I'm Burning * 07 All You Wanted * 08 Non Stop Rock And Roll * 09 From Here * 10 Rocket Through My Heart * 11 Chasing Rainbows * 12 Gotta Get It On (bonus)

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WEBLINKS: www.wigwam.no


Background
No surprises to see Norwegian outfit Wig Wam keeping a high profile as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. These guys are the energizer bunnies of the glam rock world, and they've served so much cheese in the last few years that they could run their own factory. Give them their due, 'Non Stop Rock N Roll' is a solid effort, still very much glam but now with a serious edge. Now onto their fourth album, Wig Wam's history has been played out in the European media due to their Eurovision involvement, but of more interest to GDAZER's is the fact that the band members have all been involved with other notable Norwegian/Scandi outfits during the 80' and 90's. Names such as Dream Police, Evenrude, Alien all spring to mind. So there is a pedigree involved here, and all the prior reference points are dragged unceremoniously into the 21st century, with white tassles, bootlaces, scarves and assorted glam clothing items being replaced by black leather.


The Songs
Talking of cheese, the opening track 'Do You Wanna Taste It' provides the cocktail and entree before the main course. Former Dream Police guitarist Teeny (a.k.a Trond Holter) gets things going with the cutting 'Walls Come Down', vocally Glam has this Axl Rose style happening. Despite the name, 'Wild One' is very commercial and racy, sugar dosed melodies appear frequently, especially on the chorus where keyboards fatten the sound measurably. The sound is pumped on 'C'mon Everybody', again huge choruses are a constant reminder, something that Wig Wam deliver easily. Dropping into ballad territory, 'Man In The Moon' combines a Robbie Williams meets Mikael Erlandsson styled track, good for what it is, I'll leave it at that. Some modern stylings are applied to 'Still I'm Burning' with immediate impact, this one has hit single tagged to it in my view, pop rock tailor-made for the 21st century. 'All You Wanted' has a degree of urgency applied to it, which you hear on the verses especially, the title track follows soon after, a racy blues tinged hard rocker which takes us back to the hair metal era, a sound the band could hardly ignore considering their 80's/90's origins. We flick through the acoustic (and pointless) ballad 'From Here' to the much better 'Rocket Through My Heart' which is a feather-touch away from other Scandi contemporaries on the scene presently. 'Chasing Shadows' has the cheesy smell of a glam hard rock track, not a bad thing all things considered, and this one holds up ok. Wig Wam provide a bonus track 'Gotta Get It On', a smokin' rocker with a 70's feel.


In Summary
The band signed to Frontiers for this release, though they may yet make further representational changes into 2010 depending on their success in non European markets. A good smiley-face sort of album, it's quite obvious Wig Wam don't take a too serious slant on the world, and because they're into delivering 'non stop rock n roll', they won't have time for serious issues anyway!


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#1 | george_the_jack on March 29 2010 16:50:58
They totally lost me as a fan with this one...One of my favourite bands of the previous decade -if not my favourite- managed to ruin everything they have been bulding for years now. Seems like they got in the studio for a week to write a dozen or so of 'playground tunes', just for fun. Average stuff at best. What a waste of the extraordinary voice of Age Sten Nlsen and the talent of Trond Holter. Probably Glam has gotten too busy with Norwegian TV shows and 'The Show Must Go On' tribute act. Hope this degradation won't be permanent.
 
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