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Michael Kratz – Live Your Life [2018]

“Live Your Life” is the debut solo album by Danish artist Michael Kratz, who achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act Kandis. “Live Your Life” leans towards the softer side of melodic rock being mainly an AOR/WestCoast release. Having said that, Kratz’s debut album is considerably more up-beat than your average WestCoast work bringing to front a flamboyance of its own.

Michael lays impressive lead guitar work throughout the album as well as performing lead vocals on a good number of songs. The line up features some legendary musicians like Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Dom Brown (Duran Duran), David Garfield, Christian Warburg (Paul Young) & Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline).

While being far from an intense album (performance-wise), “Live Your Life” brings to front essential harmonies that are sure to connect with just about any fan of the genre. At the same time, one finds that the debut is far from over-produced, enjoying a thick and satisfactory production, yet featuring as few musical layers as possible. For that matter, the lead vocals could have been developed to a larger extent with greater emphasis on background harmonies- instead the overall vocal performance sounds rather plain and conservative by studio album standards.

Overall “Live Your Life” delivers a fair amount of quality AOR/WestCoast tunes, most notable being the title track, “This Town Is Lost Without You” and “Paradise Lost”. Kratz’s debut should appeal to fans of the lighter brand of melodic rock, without holding any surprises whatsoever.

Band Members
Michael Kratz – Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar (all tracks), Drums (6)
Kasper Viinberg – Drums (all tracks except 6), Bass (all tracks except 1), Guitars, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Accordion
Steve Lukather – Guitar solo (3)
Michael Landau – Guitars (1)
David Garfield – Keyboards, Hammond, Piano (1, 3)
Dom Brown – Guitars (4, 5)
Christian Warburg – Guitars (8, 11, 12)
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Hammond (12)
Mikkel Risum – Bass (1)
Ole Kibsgaard – Backing Vocals (3)
Ole Viinberg – Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Ida Lohmann – Backing Vocals (1)
Emma Viinberg – Choir (8)
Den Jyske Sangskole – Choir (8)
Kenneth Bremer – Cowbell (3)

Tracks
01. We All Live In This Nation
02. Live Your Life
03. This Town Is Lost Without You
04. What Did I.. ?
05. Never Take Us Alive
06. Game Of Love (Over And Over)
07. Lying
08. Paradise Lost
09. Shade
10. Bye Bye
11. Dying Young
12. In Between

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