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CD Mike Tramp Cobblestone Street review








Mike Tramp has been on a long journey already: starting with Danish pop band Mabel, he found eighties fame with White Lion, formed thoroughly modern-sounding and underappreciated Freak of Nature before releasing a string of solo albums. Then there was the Rock ‘N’ Roll Circuz, and here in 2013 we find yet another side to Mike Tramp: releasing the solo album you feel he was destined to make. But in truth rather than the end of the line this feels very much like the start of something new.
Starting out setting the scene lyrically by taking us back to where it all began in his Copenhagen ‘Cobblestone Street’ Tramp comes across like an understated Tom Petty and  ‘Caught in the Storm’ builds on that with a story of a difficult romance without a happy ending.



‘New day’ the first single has a lighter, gentler pop feel to it, it’s probably the most uplifting song here but not particularly representative of the whole, though ‘Revolution’ treads similar ground.



Where Tramp really excels is on songs like the more downcast ‘Ain’t the Life I Asked For’ which has a simple construction, nice harmonica and lyrics that draw you in to the gentle melody. It’s probably our favourite track here. The biggest tear-jerker though follows: ‘We’ll Be Alright’ is a heartfelt plea to his children (who he dedicates the album to) to understand why he’s not around, it’s such a powerful song you almost feel exhausted when it ends. And this is where ‘Cobblestone Street’ draws much of its power: Tramp has that rare knack of being able to lay bare his feelings and convey those emotions as effectively as anyone.



This is a great album, it’s frighteningly honest and deliberately sparse and like all the best music you feel this is straight from the heart. While some old fans might see this as too great a departure, you could almost feel it coming. We’d like to think that the best and most exciting years for Mike Tramp are still ahead of him.




Mark Diggins