||"Finger On The
|TNA - "Finger On The Trigger"
Reviewed By Patrick Rankine
First listen, I didn't think much of this album,
mind you I also wasn't paying much attention to
it at the time. I was on my way to a funeral but
all I kept thinking was that the guitar solos
sound like they are going nowhere, and I'm not a
fan of "Glam Rock" (which was my initial
impression was) However, upon my 2nd listen is
what ill base my thoughts on .As now it is a
very different beast!
'Rung On The Ladder' Good song to start any
album, but sounds a bit confused as the actual
track kicks in. Good intro to Mike McManamons
vocals. Very much in the vein on the traditional
rock track. I like the mini solo before the
second verse. I found I enjoyed the song more,
the longer it played for. It really starts to
find its way after the mini solo.
'Take You Home' Cool intro and solid riff to
start off this track. I like the verse, it
follows 'Rung on the Ladder' in style, but adds
a bit more sleeze. Which I'm not a fan of, I
prefer the AOR style more. I think the spacing
between verse and chorus is too long and
shouldn't have been included. The "SUGGESTIVE"
adlibs between verse 2 and chorus 2 are well....
Crap! If i wanted to hear that kind of shit I'd
be listening to a rap record! So i think it
really detracts from the song and leaves a bit
of a sour taste.
'Let Me Down Easy' I knew this song was special
from the first chord! This is where the album
starts to fly. This song is very Warrantish/Story
telling rock. Simply put...Awesome! The verse,
the bridge, the chorus IS world class
songwriting and song structure. This song
progresses fantastically with the electric
guitar middle sections to the build up during
verse 2. I LOVE THIS SONG!! The harmonys are in
all the RIGHT spots and the guitar solo really
cuts into you takes the song into another place.
'Where's The Love' Interesting intro with a
radio broadcast. Which leads to a very well
structured song. I'm glad there are 2 verses
before the chorus, makes the progression and the
BUILD to the song more meaningful, allowing the
chorus to make more sense. Once again the guitar
solo does add to the track. Its short and sweet.
I would also like to point out how much i liked
the way this track was mixed. The bass is very
prevalent and the breakdown before the end of
the song is a finely crafted touch. Great
'Life Goes On' Cool, driving riff! Yet another
story. Warrant comparisons keep coming! :) The
first verse being extended great idea, then the
electrics kick in. This is a rockin song that
keeps pushing from the start to the end. The
bass solo is awesome and not to common. It
really gives the guitar solo something to build
on and a platform to take off, only to then
brining it back to an acoustic! Classy, and
another favorite song.
'Falling Down' I really like the way this track
takes off. Its good to get alot of Bass up front
and in your face every now and then. Great story
to this song as well. Along with a great chorus,
TNA really does this one well. I Just have to
add more praise for this song, the middle
section reminds me of Def Leppard, as wheres it
is very spacial. Alot of "stuff" going on,
studio effects and that sort of thing.
'Draw The Line' Awesome rockin intro! What a
story! What a song! Its getting harder and
harder to explain how good I think this album
really is!! It JUST keeps getting better! really
find the story telling style to be EXTRA special
and these boys do it really well without ANY
overkill of it. And all the songs are built
superbly and they have something different to
add each time. The solo once again really lifts
the song. I cant get over how well this is
'Bittersweet' Hard intro, very moody, very
melodic. Another one of my fave track. Awesome
chorus, cool synths in the background and great
story once again. I'm a Fan, what can i say!
Sean Tarrs solos, remind me of ADRAINAGLE's
Eddie Campbells. They seem to sit in the song
and bounce between everything while they sit
ontop of the chords but really take off. Its
hard to describe, but what a great effect!!
'Cant Wait Forever' Great song, classic, driving
rock song! Still seems to maintain the story
aspect, however from a much less obvious angle
as some of the previous mentioned tracks.
Although, this song STILL has a big chorus,
great harmonys that is very melodic and VERY
catchy. I enjoy the way the song breaksdown
after the second chorus, to then be followed by
yet another one of my favorite solos. Which in
the end...takes off!!
'Bad Girl' Now we ahve to finsih the album, and
we get the BEST of the traditional "80s" rockin
songs on the album. Which is a good way to end
the LP and leave you wanting more. So push play
and listen to it again! Only downside is I think
THIS last track could have benifited from a
better more choesive mix as the other songs.
In closing, what a SURPRISE! For a CD I was
never supposed to even HEAR as it was given to
me by chance. I'm so happy I did.This is one of
my favorite albums and I can really listen to it
from start to finish. Its funny how wrong first
impressions can be,and im glad I gave it more
time. It really grows on you and I'm looking
forward to a follow up LP from these guys. Where
I hope theyll follow the formula thats been set
out here. Maybe add a ballad or 2 and I'll be
first in line to buy it!