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Tragic City Symphony
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Reviewed: 8/24/2008 by Mike

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After releasing ‘Slave To The Machine’, Birmingham Alabama hard rock band Lynam parted ways with the DRT record label. That label gained some success for an independent label, but it was time to move on. After gaining a coveted support slot on the Cinderella, Warrant, Lynch Mob summer tour proceedings took a turn for the worst when the tour was cancelled when Cinderella’s vocalist Tom Kiefer-who incidentally plays slide guitar on ‘Enemy’- suffered a haemorrhaged vocal chord. With the release of ‘Tragic City Symphony’ planned to coincide with the tour suddenly the future looked less bright. Lynam however haven’t rested on their laurels and instead have embarked on their own headline tour to compensate. ‘Slave To The Machine’ successfully combined old school eighties hard rock with a modern twist. However it leant more towards the Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and AC/DC genre than its previous more power pop-orientated predecessor ‘Life In Reverse’ ‘Tragic City Symphony’ combines elements from both. Jacob Lynam remains a song-writing genius, seemingly able to pull great hook-lines out of the air at will. ‘Is This A Heartbreak Or A Loaded Gun’ is the perfect blend of 80’s hair rock meets upbeat power pop with its gang vocals, Bon Jovi voice box and layered harmonies. The chorus comes straight off the debut Firehouse album. ‘Enemy’ featuring gang vocals from the boys from Hinder keeps the good time feeling going and the highlights come thick and fast with the spine tingling power ballad ‘Just Say Anything’, the slow burning ‘Save My Soul’ (the first single) and the typical Jacob Lynam sleazy power pop composition ‘Porn Star’. The song ‘White Trash Superstar’ gains a welcome release after strangely being omitted from Lynam’s debut of the same name, whilst the ballad ‘A Million Ways’-produced by Beau Hill -and ‘Suffer’ are perhaps the most Mars Electric sounding songs on the album. As seems to be the trend at the moment, it’s ok to be retro. Black Stone Cherry is doing it from an updated 70’s southern rock angle whilst Lynam have completely modernised the 80’s rock genre. Lynam have massive crossover appeal and it is this that should ultimately ensure popularity across the whole of the record-buying spectrum. Great songs, and a sound that is becoming more relevant as the 80’s rock re-invention continues, Lynam have what it takes to be as popular as the bands that they have been influenced by.

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