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Mike Tramp, Cobblestone Street
(Deadline/Cleopatra Records)

05/09/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



5/9/2013 -  If you don’t mind a little “inside baseball,” I used to collaborate with a songwriter who swore up and down that ’80s hair-metal band White Lion were unsung geniuses. They obviously wrote their stuff with Billboard first and foremost in their minds and had a couple of hits, one of which was, ironically, a cover of “Radar Love.” Anyway, Tramp was White Lion’s singer; his voice back then probably the band’s weakest link, a cross between Sebastien Bach and Jon Bon Jovi but with a less attentive producer. And voila, here we are in 2013, Tramp having gone through a darker hard-rock phase with the Freak of Nature band and the requisite legal-kerfluffle period where he formed an asterisked version of White Lion under a slightly modified name. There’s no need to give specific examples on these songs; it’s all acoustic-hard-rock stoner-chick-magnet stuff, and all astonishingly well-written. If Bon Jovi had had half this guy’s talent, the ’80s-hair period might have lasted another decade. A- 






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