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Trixter New Audio Machine review




Release dates: EU: April 20th 2012 | NA: April 24th 2012


Tracklisting: Drag Me Down; Get On It; Dirty Love; Machine; Live For The Day; Ride; Physical Attraction; Tattoos & Misery; The Coolest Thing; Save Your Soul; Walk With A Stranger; Heart Of Steel (Acoustic) (Bonus Track).



Imagine the Trixter of their debut and ‘Hear!’ but better, bigger, bolder and slicker. This is some seriously good return to the arena!



Starting off with a couple of monsters that proves the way to go with the template for this was with the rockier of Trixter’s back catalogue: ‘Drag Me Down’ and ‘Get On It’ just underline the fact that this is a band that always had it and never lost it. The difference here though is the sound, sure I know production has come a long way in twenty years but if you could level any criticism at Trixter it surely was the overly saccharine sound of their first releases. This on the other hand has just a dab of blues behind the ears and whilst the melody is still at the fore but the production is wonderfully deep and full.
Now, often when a band from back in the day resurfaces with a new one, I find myself saying ‘here’s a band great in the day, but don’t expect that they haven’t moved on a little’. Listening to this I just find myself saying here’s a band great in the day that are now so deep in that great groove that they can’t put a foot wrong! Here’s a band that has taken the best of what they did back in the day and just done it better.



‘Dirty Love’ is a case in point – it’s beautifully written classic eighties rock but without the cheese people often accused Trixter of possessing pockets full of. If I was to stick my neck out I’d say that this sounds like how a UK band might have sounded with Trixter’s songs – more Thunder than Warrant, more like ‘Big Cock’ meets later ‘AC/DC without the innuendo.



‘Machine’ is if anything even better, a big driving rocker, and four songs in I’m already more than impressed.



We knew we were due a ballad and ‘Live For The Day’ is certainly no ‘Surrender’ which depending on your relationship with Trixter may be either a good or a bad thing. The song itself is a nice up-tempo acoustic led ride. It won’t have you weeping like ‘Surrender’ but it’s just not that kind of song and we kinda like it.



‘Ride’ is quite close to the spirit of those first albums, but the excess is still resisted and riff-driven ‘Physical Attraction’ too echoes earlier Trixter so traditionalists will be happy. Both are great songs though I must admit I’m wavering towards the earlier numbers here.



All up ‘New Audio Machine’ is just one of those CDs that prove there is life in melodic rock yet and that some of the bands we loved back in the day can come back, push aside the years and just get better.
‘Tattoos and Misery’ eight songs in is probably one of my favourites here at the minute – it just has one of those timeless choruses that would make it a great song in any decade anywhere.  If you like earlier Bon Jovi this will hook you in for sure.



Best of the two slower numbers in our opinion is ‘The Coolest Thing’ which again just has something about it that shouts ‘radio play’; it’s clean, catchy and perfectly formed.



If you buy an album to sing along to ‘Save your Soul’ is the number to crank in the shower and closer ‘Walk With a Stranger’ closes an album like a band should – making you want more. It’s perhaps a song more guilty than ever of echoing the past – now in my opinion that is sheer gold.



It’s hard to say that after twenty years this was worth waiting for but you know what? I can’t see too many fans being disappointed with this and I can also see a lot of the curious who hear this but hadn’t heard them back in the day digging out those original albums from the early 90’s.



Trixter is of course back with all original members and on this evidence if there is any justice people are going to be taking notice.




By Mark Diggins