""Trixter" is a decent album. None of the songs are too heavy, too pop, or too offensive for the general audience. It sounds like a young group of kids got together and made a good, hard teen rock album. I'm not talking down on these guys, but there's nothing here that really pushes any envelopes or makes you just jump up and want to bang your head. It's all safe, and that's about the only downfall this album has. It's almost too approachable. It's good, but none of the songs are that memorable, excepting "Surrender." It's the token power ballad that all of the hair bands had to put on their records. I like this album but I just can't suggest everybody go out and buy it for the mere fact that it's average.I think the easiest way to sum this up is this: "Trixter" is like the kid in school that everybody knew and liked, but they never hung out with him or invited him to their parties. None of the kids really picked on him but they all stuck up for him when he was harassed by others. "Trixter" is just kind of existing. Good band, no major things that made them stick out from the rest of the pack."
Talented musicians, great album for any 80's metal fan
P. G. Lewis | Kentucky USA | 05/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though their name may not be as familiar to you as their contemporaries, top to bottom I would put this album up against many that the "hair metal" era had to offer. Truth is, Trixter was simply a victim of time. By the time their first album hit its stride and they were prepping for a second album, bands like Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam came on the scene, thereby ending the reign of 80's metal and ushering in the "grunge" era.
Now, I am definitely not comparing the talent in Trixter to that of the previously mentioned grunge bands (that would be a losing battle). However, if you listen to this album, you can tell that there is more here than as one reviewer stated, a "boy band with guitars". Peter Loran is a great vocalist, and he was accompanied by a pretty savvy guitarist/songwriter, as evidenced by tracks such as "One in a Million", "Give it to Me Good", "You'll Never See Me Crying" and "Surrender". In fact, unlike many hair metal albums of this period which contained two listenable songs and a ton of filler, songs 1-6 and the last three tracks on this album are definitely worth a listen.
In short, if you're a fan of 80's metal, you're going to like this album. Furthermore, $2-$3 used price on this disc is a steal!"
A few good songs is all you get
W. Jarkousky | 04/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say, the first 2 songs on this disc really kick ass. It went down hill after that. The 2 ballads were ok as well, but some of the tracks on the 12 track debut from the NJ based band are weak. They would have been better off if some of these songs had a little more meaning. Looking back on this in 2005, it didn't stand the test of time. Some of the guys in this band have been trying to get back in the business for the past 12 years with bands like Sugar Belly, Throwan Rocks and 40 foot Ringo and none have got any intrest from major lables. If these guys ever get the picture, they will realize that the only thing they will be known for is Trixter and this record in particular. It is time to give it up and maybe grab the opening slot on the "Rock Never Stops Tour". The little talent that they do have nobody cares about in 2005."
A Great Album from a Great Jersey Band
Aileen | New Jersey | 11/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard about Trixter back in '90. Some of the kids at school knew the band (they were based in Paramus, NJ, and I went to school in a neighboring town), and kept talking about how good this album was. I finally went and picked up a copy of this album, and thought it was one of the best things I ever heard! Every track, from "Line of Fire" to "On and On" is killer. It's a shame that they are no longer around, I would love to hear another album from them. If you are a fan of late 80s-early 90s rock (and I mean pre-Nirvana rock), give this one a chance. You won't be sorry you did!"
Great Melodic Hard Rock Album!
K. Fontenot | 02/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, Trixter arrived at the tail end of the glory years of melodic hard rock, but they did arrive with a great album. I don't listen to music based on the year it was released, I just listen to good music and if you like melodic hard rock and some FUN in your music, check 'em out. I wore out the tape and recently had to buy the CD. Songs like One in a Million, Give It to Me Good, Only Young Once, and the great ballad Surrender make this worth having. Music is missing alot these days...but rock never dies, it just goes into hiding every now and then. The doom and gloom era of the 90s is OVER...let's ROCK AND HAVE SOME FUN AGAIN!"