MIKE TRAMP

(DENMARK)

SONGS OF WHITE LION

(2023)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Covers, Easy-Listening, Rasping vocals
"In "Songs Of White Lion", Mike Tramp and his team offer an exciting reworking of old White Lion tracks without distorting them."
LOLOCELTIC (12.09.2023)  
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Mike Tramp releases this year a new album entitled "Songs Of White Lion", featuring, as the title suggests, tracks from his legendary original band. The question then arises as to the value of such an album: is it a lack of inspiration, or is the singer seeking to benefit from the fame of the band that made his name? With Mike Tramp now on at least his third opus featuring White Lion songs, these questions can clearly be asked.

However, they quickly fade away when you listen to the twelve tracks on offer: the artist has managed to strike a delicate balance between rereading and dusting off. Of course, Mike Tramp performs these songs with a lower, less powerful voice, but this brings a warmth and a different tessitura that enhance the interest of the new versions. Added to this is the superb performance of Marcus Nand who, instead of unnecessarily trying to copy Vito Bratta, delivers a respectful, personal and luminous interpretation. Last but not least, even if most of the tracks are very close to the originals, some of them benefit from evolutions that are well worth the listener's attention, and add to the richness of this opus.

These include the reworked introduction to 'Little Fighter', the more mid-tempo version of 'Love Don't Come Easy' and the more FM version of 'Cry For Freedom', which gains in melancholy what it loses in innocence and protest. 'Going Home Tonight' is more direct and slightly more hard rock, while 'All The Fallen Men' is a little less heavy, though still the most nervous track on the album. And then there's this adaptation of 'When The Children Cry', on which the piano replaces the acoustic guitar. The result is particularly moving and sensitive, all the more so as a superb solo enriches this rereading.

Although the discovery of "Songs Of White Lion" began with some reservations, in the end it turned out to be an enthusiastic one, as Mike Tramp and his team have managed to retain the impact of each track while adding sufficiently different hues to enrich them without distorting them. The hits remain unstoppable, but their new versions are complementary, not seeking to replace the originals. Here's a chance to replay these monuments over and over again for those who've known them for decades, and to discover them for those who were unaware of them.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Lady Of The Valley - 6:47
02. Little Fighter - 4:30
03. Broken Heart - 4:12
04. Love Don't Come Easy - 3:38
05. Hungry - 4:20
06. Cry For Freedom - 4:28
07. Going Home Tonight - 4:37
08. Wait - 4:16
09. All The Fallen Men - 4:38
10. Living On The Edge - 4:43
11. Tell Me - 4:42
12. When The Children Cry - 5:05

LINEUP:
Alan Tschicaja: Batterie
Claus Langeskov: Basse
Marcus Nand: Guitares
Mike Tramp: Chant
Sebastian Groset: Claviers
   
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KINGEDDIE
16/04/2023
 
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Je salue l'initiative de Mike Tramp pour ces magnifiques reprises des standards de White Lion : même en chantant 2 tons en dessous des versions originales, ça passe nickel et surtout le guitariste a réussi à restituer la virtuosité et la fluidité du jeu de Vito (!) Au final voilà un très bel album qui sent bon les 80's mais avec une production très actuelle, chapeau messieurs...!!!
Mentions spéciales pour Lady of the Valley, Wait et la version piano de When the Children Cry.. même si le Lion est mort ce soir, son esprit est toujours vivant...
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