Polak, Milan – Straight

2007 Lion Music

When I reviewed his last record Guitar Odyssey, I made the remark on how he was helping keep the spirit of the ‘real guitar hero’ alive, but this time on his latest release, Straight, I will say that he keeps the true sound of hard rock in full force. On this album, Polak steps out as a vocalist and axeman, taking turn from the all-out shredding material, playing all out hard rock in the vein of Richie Kotzen (without the ‘drama’), Russell Allen, and John Norum.

Shred fans won’t be disappointed, because he burns the six strings throughout Straight, however, it offers some excellent ear candy for the AOR/melodic rock crowd as well; the music is filled with fluid melodies as he grinds through catchy numbers such as “Favorite Vice” & the title track; executes profound groove on “Crosses” & the lyrically clever “Superstar Mania;” and plays out balladry on two acoustic tracks titled “Hero” & “Happy Now,” where Polak mixes up his songwriting ability.

Also featuring bassists Randy Coven & Fabio Trentini as well as skinsman John Macaluso, Straight is record that brings back the ‘straight’-forward hard rock from back-in-the-day to the now-in-the-day, offering up a no bullshit in-your face guitar oriented thrust of melodies, hooks, & riffs to expose the true meaning of rock and roll & guitar playing.

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