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Trixie - Shelter (8/10) - USA - 2006

Genre: Glam Metal
Label: Metal Mayhem Music
Playing time: 41:00
Band homepage: Trixie

Tracklist:

  1. Hell Yeah >mp3
  2. Day And Night
  3. New Orleans Rain
  4. Inside Of Me
  5. Swimsuit
  6. You That I’m Wantin’
  7. Lookin’ For Love
  8. Show Me How
  9. Closer
  10. Stay
  11. Just Walk Away
  12. Wasted
Trixie - Shelter

In the world of Hair Metal, Ronnie Borchert is something of a Renaissance Man. The Canadian-born Borchert first started off as a singer and guitarist with TRIXIE (although the band’s self-titled debut, which was recorded in 1990, wouldn’t see the light of day until thirteen years later). He then became involved in a number of other projects, some of which Borchert still continues to this day (AMSTERDAM), and some of which he doesn’t (the now-defunct 1995 Hair Metal collab HAM SANDWICH). In 2001, he developed a taste for recording and producing, and to date he’s produced albums for BULLETBOYS and MISS CRAZY, among others.

 

TRIXIE’s “Shelter” is the result of long hours spent in the studio perfecting the style of legendary producer Mutt Lange, and Borchert seems to have Lange’s style down to a science, as the production on “Shelter” is beautiful. Spot-on, really. This style of production fits the tone of Borchert’s music exceptionally well, since Borchert’s biggest inspiration is DEF LEPPARD, and it’s no secret as to how integral Mutt Lange was to the overall DEF LEPPARD sound. However, one of the biggest complaints often registered about DEF LEPPARD’s ‘80s work is the amount of reverb on the albums (1987’s “Hysteria” reeks of it). Fortunately, Borchert isn’t the biggest fan of reverb, and he opts for a cleaner overall sound, resulting in production possibly even eclipses Lange’s work.

 

As a songwriter, Borchert is no slouch, either. The songs on “Shelter” are inherently catchy, particularly lead single “Hell Yeah” and upbeat rocker “You That I’m Wantin’ ”. All of the songs have shades of DEF LEPPARD in them, and it makes you wonder if the poster boys of the NWOBHM would have written material as good as this if they were still in their prime. “Shelter” is an album that, for the most part, is devoid of innovation, but it’s easy to overlook such a fact when the songs are just so damn good. Take “Lookin’ For Love”, for example: it’s pure DEF LEPPARD worship, but the song’s epic chorus shatters any arguments that it’s poor DEF LEPPARD worship.   

Ultimately, “Shelter” is one heck of a rockin’ album, stuffed to the brim with NWOBHM-flavored goodness. Heck, there’s even a cover of DEF LEPPARD’s “Wasted” (from their balls-out Heavy Metal days). Fans of DEF LEPPARD who have been disappointed with the band’s post-‘80s releases should lend an ear to Ronnie Borchert and the boys of TRIXIE; you have just found your new favourite band.

(Online February 8, 2008)

Mitchel Betsch



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