RONNIE ATKINS – One Shot
What a remarkably awesome record this one is! Unarguably best known for fronting Danish hard rockers/metallers Pretty Maids for what seems like a lifetime, Ronnie Atkins is firing on all cylinders here and chimes in with one of the best album performances of his entire career, which is saying something. So where exactly are we at from a musical perspective? "One Shot" is a massive-sounding affair with an impressive abundance of big riffs and even bigger choruses to it, and the musicianship is so good it is borderline ridiculous.
However, there is much more to this 11-track opus than it being merely catchy and easy to absorb; it is also incredibly varied and incorporates elements from 60s pop/rock, 70s classic rock, and 80s heavy metal – all of which suits the great man’s inimitable voice superbly. Apart from it being well-produced and punchy, it also boasts some incredibly well-written lyrics that range from introspective and melancholy to uplifting and life-affirming, so there is definitely some variety present here and I honesty cannot stop spinning this memorable disc.
It simply ticks all the right (and hard rocking) boxes for me. Fans of Nordic Union and Pretty Maids obviously need this one, but so do all the rest of you out there. "One Shot" is a hook-laden piece of work containing some truly moving compositions and plenty of thrilling riffs.