Title: CloserLabel: GerMusica
is the long awaited fifth solo album from "The Voice of
Germany" Mr Michael Bormann. Much has been said
about Bormann’s entrance onto the mainstream with his
appearance TV show ‘The Voice Of Germany’ in 2014 with
the Demi-Lovato song 'Warrior', but given the choice, what
musician would want exposure to millions on mainstream TV
and that’s exactly what Bormann did and raised awareness
to an otherwise unknown singer, who might be known to the
Melodic and Hard Rock fans in droves, but outside the small
pond is bigger ocean and once and a while, when a chance to
tip you toe into that ocean comes your way, you sometimes
just have to take off you socks and shoes and take a dip.
on to the new album, well as I said fans of the genre will
know what great vocal talent Bormann is and once again with
'Closer' he shows his versatility with a mix of ballads,
mid-tempo rockers and some pure all-out Rock n' Roll.
album opens up with the latter with
‘I’m Not Your Entertainment’, a real groove
filled rocker that gets the album off to a great
start. The groovy rock continues with the excellent
‘Let's Make History’, a track that will have you dusting
off your dancing shoes and strutting your funky stuff to
great rock continues with the great hard rocker ‘Never Say
Die’, before bringing a touch of Southern Blues with
‘Can't Get A Touch Too Much’. Such is the
diversity of the album Bormann brings in a children’s
choir for the mix of melodic rock and Gospel that is
‘Because We Are The World’.
traditional melodic rock of ‘Living It Up’ showcases
Bormann at his vocal best, as he takes fans back to his
Jaded Heart days, before Bormann delivers one of my
favourite tracks off the album, the upbeat rocker ‘I Wanna
Be A Rock Star’.
This One Time IN Life’ is another great melody rich
mid-tempo rocker, that leads into the wonderful ballad and
title track ‘Closer’. Fans of the man knows this
guy wears his heart on his sleeve when he sings a ballad and
this one is no different.
It's back to the rock with excellent ‘Rich Men’s World’ and the modern rocker ‘Down To The Bottle’, before the album closes with what else, but the song that got him on The Voice Of Germany, the excellent ‘Warrior’, which rounds off what is without a doubt, Bormann’s greatest solo album to date.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Not Your Entertainment
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