Fireworks

CD Reviews

Michael Monroe - 'Blackout States' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/46/95/40/michael-monroe-blackout-states-12-1449262647.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 04, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3035   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Genre

It's an inspiration to see a musician with so many years behind him still evolving and putting out original music.

One thing you need with Michael Monroe is stamina. The Finnish front-man has been singing, touring and climbing up lighting rigs at gigs for over thirty years now but he is back yet again, bursting onto the Rock scene with his latest album 'Blackout States'. And you're going to need a whole extra tank of gas for this one.

We kick off fast and upbeat with 'This Ain't No Love Song'. Monroe sounds in great vocal shape, keeping the delivery light and pacey with his usual injection of attitude and humour. Bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks) Rocks around in 'Old King's Road', backing up the solid, headstrong riff. 'Keep Your Eye On You' is more thoughtful but never melancholy. The composition is delightfully light and layered with slips of guitar, steady drums and a rippling bass; a strong song-writing success.

'Good Old Bad Days' revolves around a catchy riff and features a silky saxophone solo that weaves effortlessly with Yaffa's guitar work. One thing about this band is how well they complement each other, and they know exactly when less is more. 'R.L.F.' is less interesting riff and melody wise but altogether more anthemic and pulse-raising. Monroe is energetic but it's still amazing how many words he can cram in so quickly, and enunciated properly too. One thing is for sure, he doesn't cut corners.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


'Permanent Youth' offers something a little different to the headlong rush of riffs in the other tracks; Monroe's vocals slide and waver through the melody, something he always manages to pull off so charmingly. Sax in the solo brings some Jazzy Rock 'n' Roll and, rhythmically, it's a nice change from the sometimes ongoing monotony of guitar and pace on several other tracks.

'Dead Hearts On Denmark Street' has a toughness and edge to it that makes it stand out. Monroe's voice hardens, slicing through Karl Rockfist's relentless drum beat and there's tales of night-time debauchery and all its characters to be found in the lyrics. Closing track 'Walk Away' is one of my favourites. It's got a chorus rammed with catchy backing vocals, a verse resting on an infectious bass and guitar combination, and a simple but classy Rock 'n' Roll solo. It's the perfect track to close up such a jaunty, colourful album, still sparkling with the occasional touches of Glam.

'Blackout States' is fresh, fun and delivers Monroe's classic high-energy, Punky take on Modern Rock music. For me it was more coherent and enjoyable than some of Michael Monroe's earlier solo work, such as 'Sensory Overdrive'.

It's an inspiration to see a musician with so many years behind him still evolving and putting out original music.

Sophie Brownlee

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  June 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 days, 12 hours ago
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site