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Music Review: Trapt – No Apologies

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Trapt is a multi-platinum, hard rock band from Southern California. They scored a huge hit with their 2002 album Trapt that was driven by their popular single “Headstrong”. Now the band has returned with their fourth studio album No Apologies. Fans will be thankful to know that Trapt’s sound and lead singer Chris Taylor Brown are back with familiar hard-driving sound.

Trapt’s hard rock sound can pretty straightforward and formulaic at times. Like many of the band’s contemporaries, Trapt can be hard-driving at times and a bit more gentle at other times. After my recent diet of progressive rock, No Apologies felt a bit vanilla at first. Some of the tracks did stick with me, while others were more like good background music with nothing special to offer.

It took no time for the lead single to draw me in. “Sound Off” is a bombastic call to arms that’s reminiscent of Trapt’s “Headstrong”. It’s familiar ground which can be looked at as a strength or a weakness. I found “Sound Off” and it’s accompanying video fun and engaging.

After a few listens some of the other songs’ hooks started to grab me and No Apologies‘ standout tracks began to make an impression. “End of My Rope” is a catchy little song that I found myself bobbing my head to almost immediately. It’s got a memorable melody and pretty good lyrics. “Get Up” is an inspirational, upbeat track that would be perfect for a workout in the gym.

“Are You With Me” resolves with a nice little guitar solo that I wish was featured a bit more. It’s audible, but just barely as it sits behind the rest of the music. The title track, “No Apologies”, is a ballad that climaxes with another excellent guitar solo that could have been longer. And “The Wind” is an excellent mid-tempo track with some strong musicianship and probably the album’s best melodies. It’s a bit softer in parts, but has a nice shift to a harder sound about mid-way through.

Overall, Trapt’s No Apologies is a solid, alternative rock album albeit, not too distinctive. For example, tracks like “Drama Queen”, “Overloaded”, and “Storyteller” were less memorable for me. While there’s nothing ground-breaking or too interesting here, you’ll find yourself humming to some of the catchier tunes in no time. If you’re looking for a good, straightforward, hard rock album you won’t be disappointed with No Apologies.

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