Polak, Milan â€“ 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 â€˜real guitar heroâ€™ 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 â€˜dramaâ€™), Russell Allen, and John Norum.
Shred fans wonâ€™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 â€œFavorite Viceâ€ & the title track; executes profound groove on â€œCrossesâ€ & the lyrically clever â€œSuperstar Mania;â€ and plays out balladry on two acoustic tracks titled â€œHeroâ€ & â€œHappy Now,â€ 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 â€˜straightâ€™-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.
CLICK HERE To Read a Review of â€˜Guitar Odyssey.â€™