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Trixter - 1992 Hear!

ARTIST: Trixter
ALBUM: Hear!
LABEL: MCA/Mechanix
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Pete Loran - lead vocals * Steve Brown - guitars, backing vocals * PJ Farley - bass, backing vocals * Mark Scott - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Road Of A Thousand Dreams * 02 Damn Good * 03 Rockin' Horse * 04 Power Of Love * 05 Runaway Train * 06 Bloodrock * 07 Waiting In That Line * 08 Nobody's A Hero * 09 Wild Is The Heart * 10 What It Takes * 11 As The Cradle Burns * 12 On The Road Again>


Trixter are well represented here at GDM. With this album though, we've sort of gone forwards to go backwards, as 'Hear!' is the band's second album, but we've reviewed their albums well beyond this one beforehand. After a long extended run touring their 1990 debut, 1992's 'Hear!' is a pretty damn smokin' record, poking a red hot stick through the middle of the grunge movement as it were.

The Songs
Opening with the strains of the American President declaring that the American Dream has ended, Trixter ignore the advice and kick on anyway. It has a Bon Jovi feel to it, as with the JBJ vocals and acoustic/electric hybrid. 'Damn Good' is aptly named, these guys know how to ham it up. The album highlight is the immense 'Rockinghorse', with all the sexual innuendo you can muster in the space of 4 minutes. 'Power Of Love' goes down a melodic groove rock path, a popular sub-genre during the 1990-1992 period, while 'Runaway Train' is an acoustic country rock ballad, which didn't quite work for me. Much better is 'Bloodrock', where the band rock out and sound all the better for it. The fun-time rocker 'Wild Is The Heart' takes the boogie road, and then Steve Brown lets loose with some insane guitar work for 'What It Takes', and after that sonic blowout, things cool down for 'As The Candle Burns', a ballad of cigarette lighter proportions. The album exits with the high-octane rock of 'On The Road Again'.

In Summary
I think overall, I prefer the material on 'Hear!' a lot more than the stuff off the debut. The album is a product of its time, and it's good to know the band continue on it the current day. Grunge may have disappeared, but Trixter have survived all the roller-coaster trends. At the end of the day, You can't keep a good band down.

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