Tragic City Symphony is the 5th album from Alabama rockers Lynam. I can’t believe that I have had Lynam’s Tragic City Symphony for a couple of years now, and haven’t given it a proper review. I recall the CD being fairly hard to find when I first picked it up. Since then, it has been re-released in 2009 via Mascot/Megaforce Records, and is now available in most retail outlets.
To me Lynam’s sound has always been a mix of classic & modern rock. On Tragic City Symphony the band leans even more to the modern rock side. The band has always been able to craft some pretty catchy rockers, and they have done so again on Tragic City Symphony.
Tragic City Symphony starts off the album with a catchy rocker “Is This A Heartbreak or A Loaded Gun”. The background vocals on this song kind of give the song a modernized Def Leppard like feel to it.
Tom Keifer plays the slide guitar on “Enemy”, and the guys from Hinder adds in some gang vocals. Nothing against Hinder, but I would have rather had Keifer add in some vocals on this song. “Enemy” is one of the best songs on the CD.
“Lindsay Says” is a modern rock tune that seems to be tailor-made for FM radio. To me, the song is just on the average song. It just doesn’t stick with me.
Lynam slows it down somewhat for the song “Just Say Anything”. Much like “Lindsay Says”, this song isn’t very memorable. I am not saying it is a bad tune, it just isn’t for me.
“Save My Soul” is a little heavier than the previous two songs, and in my opinion is one of the better tunes on Tragic City Symphony.
Before My Darkest Days had “Pornstar Dancing”, Lynam had “Pornstar”. Both songs are pretty catchy, and I like Lynam’s “Pornstar” a lot. I can see why Lynam has had some moderate success with this song. It is a very catchy tune.
Jacob Lynam plays some heavier riffs on “Can’t Do Anything”. This might not have the hooks of Lynam’s other songs, but I like it anyway.
“Make It Alright” does a pretty good breaking up the pace between the rather mundane “If You Leave”, and “White Trash Superstar”.
There are parts of “White Trash Superstar” that almost has a new country feel to it. Luckily some heavier guitars kick in some parts of the song. I don’t know if this was Lynam’s attempt at a Southern Rock Song, but It wasn’t one of my favorites on the CD.
Overall, I have enjoyed Lynam’s Tragic City Symphony. If you have enjoyed the recent releases from Bad City & My Darkest Days, you will probably enjoy Lynam’s Tragic City Symphony as well.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Is This A Heartbreak Or A Loaded Gun?
3. Lindsay Says
4. Just Say Anything
5. Save My Soul
6. Porn Star
7. Can’t Do Anything
8. If You Leave
9. Make It Alright
10. White Trash Superstar
11. A Million Ways
Jacob Lynam – vocals, guitar
Mark Lynam – bass
David Lynam – drums