Track Listing
More To Life Than This (1)
Lay Down My Life For You
Don't Want To Say Goodnight
Nothing At All
Day By Day
Live For Today
Back From The Dead
I Won't Let Go (2)
Goodbye Song
The Good The Sad and the Ugly (3)

(*) Best Tracks

Discography & (Rank)
Capricorn (4)
Remembering White Lion (3)
Recovering The Wasted Years (1)
More To Life Than This (2)

Buy it if you liked:
Mike Tramp - Capricorn
Bryan Adams - On A Day Like Today
MIKE TRAMP
More To Life Than This
Ulftone UTCD 070
Produced By: Mike Tramp
Running Time: Genre: Melodic Rock
Release Date: March 17 Released: EU
WebLink: Mike Tramp LabelLink: Ulftone
91%

Mike Tramp is back with a new solo album, following quickly on from last year's highly acclaimed and well received Recovering The Wasted Years.
More To Life Than This features 10 new songs recorded in Denmark in the last quarter of 2002.
Recovering saw Mike back in the limelight after a 5 year gap between his last studio album of all new songs, Capricorn. Mike has been carving out a solo career now based on a more stripped back rock n roll sound than the ultra-produced hard rock of White Lion.
Capricorn was certainly very stripped back, guitar driven rock, with a classic Bryan Adams singer/songwriter feel to it.
Last year's Recovering The Wasted Years was more polished and immaculately produced, with multiple layers of vocal and instrumental work the foundation of some very strong and emotional songs.
More To Life Than This is different again. Basically this album returns to the stripped back, rawer production style of Capricorn, but continues the lyrical and musical approach of Recovering. It's almost like it should be the album in-between, not after.
Once again the songs are guitar driven, with a simpler live feel to the tracks - just like Capricorn, but the personal lyrics and prominent placement of the Hammond organ - just as it was on the last album.
Overall, this is a slightly rockier album, featuring less acoustic guitars and a tougher, less polished sound.
Track By Track:
The title track More To Life Than This opens this album's account. After a brief intro it's pretty clear that the electric guitar is a bigger factor on this album. The song rocks along in fine style, what now could be described as typical Mike Tramp, featuring personal lyrics, a moody chorus and more uptempo and instantly recognizable chorus.
Lay Down My Life For You features that Hammond organ and a softer electric guitar sound. More laid back and rootsy, it's very Capricorn.
Don't Want To Say Goodnight is more uptempo, rocking along at a good pace, with more organ featured and an overall feel good, happy go lucky vibe. The chorus is pure magic - instant, memorable and ranks as one of the album's best. Throw in a few female backing vocals for the first time and a great little pop/rocker is born.
Nothing At All is a laid back, rootsy, guitar and organ driven ballad. It has a slightly southern feel to it and a slow laid back vibe, but with a strong chorus hook, as usual!
Day By Day is another mid-tempo rock track, more in line with the last album rather than the first. The chorus doesn't have the hooks of some previous tracks, but is easily distinguishable from the verse.
Live For Today is a track that will please those looking for a bit of a rocker. Featuring some great guitar work and an upbeat tempo, the song picks the pace of the album up when needed and runs perfectly into Back From The Dead, another rocker. In fact, this is the pick of the album. I think Tramp fans will love this - a big guitar riff driven rocker with a strong verse-bridge-chorus build up.
I Won't Let Go continues the uptempo pace of the last few songs. Another album highlight, this track features a great melodic verse that leads into a thoroughly fantastic feel good chorus. Steve Lukather provides the song's guitar solo, which only adds to the already excellent atmosphere.
Time again to slow things down and Goodbye Song is perfectly placed. This semi-acoustic track was originally set to be featured on Recovering, so it's no surprise to hear the style matches the last album. A good mid-tempo rock ballad. The difference this time is a first time ever, female lead vocal for the second verse and chorus. An interesting touch and pleasant change of pace.
The Good The Sad and the Ugly finishes the album in fabulously classy style. This is another of my favourite tracks. Clocking in at 6.21, this is a monster ballad. Leading off with a haunting piano melody, the song is melancholy, sentimental and heartbreaking. Some fantastic lyrics and an acoustic guitar/piano/organ musical base provides all the elements of a classic track. But even better, guitar master Eric Johnson provides a killer haunting extended guitar solo that finishes the song. What a way to close any album. Will be one of the ballads of the year without doubt.

The Bottom Line
This is a simpler, less complicated release than Recovering The Wasted Years. Recorded in one set of sessions instead of two and featuring a more stripped back, raw, live feel like Mike's debut album Capricorn, this album will sit perfectly alongside those albums.
This album still features all the elements of Mike's music that fans love - catchy choruses, feel good melodic rock tracks, haunting ballads and some good honest rock n roll, but due to the sheer brilliance of Recovering The Wasted Years, will have a hard time rating as highly as that album. It's not as emotionally intense as the last album, but that fact aside, it's still all class and still another wonderful album.

Line Up
Mike Tramp: Vocals, Guitars
Oliver Steffensen, Todd Wolfe: Guitar
Dan Hemmer: Hammond B3
Kasper Foss: Drums
Nicholas Findsen: Bass

Additional Ratings
Songwriting
94%
Attitude
90%
Production
88%



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