Catchy Hook Webzine: We can to my big surprise hear a well-known guitarist in the melodic scene on the song "Rain" DAN WEXLER (ex.ICON) plays some lead guitar and a couple of killer solos. Opener "Distant Shore" is a great midtempo rocker in the same kind of style as "Black Crowes." Some really cool guitar work from NITRO and a groove not far from the old classic "Hard to handle" that Black Crowes did a cover of. "Get a life" is a funky blues track a-la Blues Brothers with a horn section and everything! I can also hear some influences from Stevie Wonder in the early 70´s. "Little secrets" is a slow blues with a "crying" guitar while "Hell´s Train" is the best song on this CD! This song really kicks a##! If you like R&B check him out at www.michaelnitro.com if you´re only into AOR/Melodic Hardrock...don´t :-)
Detritus:You got your funk ("Get A Life"), you got your grunge-lite ("Psychotic Plans"), you got your acoustic ballad ("Catalina Song"), etc. Sure sounds like Mr. Nitro has worked with a myriad of other artists, and he's trying to show off all facets of his musical personality here. In general, though, he seems to be most interested in straightforward hard rock laced with acoustic guitar and funk 'n' blues; there's definitely some Extreme in "I'm Ready," and "Distant Shore," "Little Secrets," and "Hell's Train" are fairly well drenched in the blues. The pop sensibilities are on display, too: "Jennifer" and "Rain" are acoustic-based, organic rockers that conjure up memories of Rod Stewart or Jim Croce, and the just-plain-goofy title track is a nod to the Beatles, but it's so catchy and silly it should be on "Sesame Street." It's hard to pin down Nitro's voice, but if I had to compare I'd say he kinda most resembles Ted Poley (Danger Danger/Bone Machine).
Catchy Hooks: Despite what you may have heard, people still want to rock out the way they always have. Set aside for a moment new sounds, new styles, new technologies, new centuries. There are plenty of folks around who just want to come home, loosen their belts, open up a cold one and boogie to some tasty riffs and intense licks. And as long as Michael Nitro's around, they've got nothing to worry about.
The guitar parts are awesome and very diverse all through the album. Mostly they are blues based rock licks with some funky feel, but there's some bluegrass, country feel here and there too and "Catalina Song" is an awesome piece of acoustic guitar playing. Michael's vocals are confident, perfect in all the heights and have that "so necessary bluesy smoke". The lyrics are also very entertaining and diverse. "Get A Life", "Distant Shore" and "Hell's Train" (a Cinderella kind of rocker with grungy guitar sound) are my favorites. If you are looking for an album of diverse feelings, moods, and musical approach that does not get boring after 10 spins, this one is for you!
Street Beat: Hearing the Joe Walsh riff of the first track leaves no doubt to the style of music found on this CD from Michael Nitro, a Phoenix-based guitar player. And that's plain and simple rock and roll. Almost. Don't yank the disc from the player too quickly, because there's a good mix of R&B here as well. Sure, Nitro can fire off some ripping good solos when needed (though some get buried in the mix), but hey, there's a horn section on tracks like I'm Ready, and Get a Life. Nitro, who has opened in the past for monoliths like Deep Purple and Bon Jovi, shows his sensitive side as well with the quieter ballads like Catalina Song.