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Trixter - 2015 Human Era



ARTIST: Trixter
ALBUM: Human Era
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 691
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Pete Loran - lead vocals, rhythm guitar * Steve Brown - lead guitar, harmonica, backing vocals * P.J. Farley - bass, backing vocals * Gus Scott - drums, percussion, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rockin' To The Edge Of The Night * 02 Crash That Party * 03 Not Like All The Rest * 04 For You * 05 Every Second Counts * 06 Beats Me Up * 07 Good Times Now * 08 Midnight In Your Eyes * 09 All Night Long * 10 Soul Of A Lovin' Man * 11 Human Era * 12 Always A Victim (Acoustic Version - Bonus Track) * 13 Road Of A Thousand Dreams (Re-Recorded Version - Bonus Track)

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WEBLINKS: www.trixterrocks.com


Background
This New Jersey band have featured here often over the years. Either in this guise (their original form), or their nu-breed equivalent 40ft Ringo back at the turn of the century. I'll admit to enjoying their Jersey brand of hard rock on their first two albums for MCA, both of which are played fairly regularly on the GDM death-deck. The band are still engaged with today's audiences thanks to their deal with Frontiers Records. My review of their 2012 comeback album 'New Audio Machine' was complimentary, but not overblown. I did say that Trixter have written some terrific songs in their past but none of their previous albums have been OTT brilliant. This new album 'Human Era' smells like a fresh breeze has blown in off the Atlantic. Could a change be in order?


The Songs
Not quite unfortunately. This is a fun album, and I like most of it. Steve Brown smacks out some awesome riffs, and the songs reinvent the 80's like it was yesterday. Now, that might be bad for those of you with receding hairlines, but for those of you with glorious flowing locks (yes, all two of you), then listen up. There are songs onboard which makes me want to hop in a DeLorian and set the dial directly to early 1989, while there are some in which I want to zoom right on by. I liked the weavy dreamy 'Every Second Counts', which has a modern pop rock slant to it. 'Beats Me Up' is another attempt at dreamy wimphem, and no, this is not a song where the Social Services Department has to step in and put someone into custody.. lol! 'Midnight In Your Eyes' has a stomping back-beat over what is a likeable acoustic/electric hybrid, while 'Good Times Now' represents every angle of Trixter's discography, even dipping into 40ft Ringo territory. I'm jumping around the track order a bit here; the opener 'Rockin' To The Edge Of The Night' is the stuff the band ploughed through their 80's era, while 'Rock That Party' is a bit more manic in style.


In Summary
'Human Era' is a good consistent album, topped by some killer riffing by our six-string slinger Steve Brown. If you like debut era Enuff Znuff, or the rockier side of Cheap Trick, then this might be up your alley. The songwriting might be a tad formulaic, because the preceding riffs and theme of the songs are sometimes let down by verses which don't quite hit home. I much preferred it when Trixter were plying more of the hair metal route back in the 80's, but to hear Brown tear it up and down the fretboard is worth the price of admission alone.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on November 11 2015 19:48:56
This is Trixter's best record since the hugely under appreciated 'Hear!'
Ther are elements of modern pop rock ('Not Like All The Rest' ) that hint more at what some of the band members were doing with 40ft Ringo, but I reckon a certain Mr Bongiovi should take a good listen to this record in order to sort his musical mojo out, because there are several songs on here that are the best tunes Bon Jovi have never written. Chapeau Trixter!
 
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