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Ronnie Atkins 'One Shot' Album Review By JD Rich

Ronnie Atkins

One Shot

Frontiers Music s.r.l.

March 12, 2021

Album Review By JD Rich

Boston Rock Radio



Greetings, and welcome back to more musical musings from your manic musical mutant! Truth be told, this one had me scratching my head as to how I would go about writing this review. Not because the EP is out of format (it’s not), nor does it sound like every other rock album being put out. My downfall lies in my need to do as much research about the artist's background in an effort to paint a fuller picture of the creative process, inspiration, and the final result. Here, I waded into heartbreak right out of the gate while listening to the debut solo album of Danish vocalist Ronnie Atkins, One Shot.

You see, about a year ago, the Pretty Maids singer was given the most terrifying medical diagnosis anyone could ever receive. It’s not my place to elaborate here. This is a music review, not a gossip column. However, having learned what I know, One Shot took on multiple layers that drilled even deeper into my core. Facing the biggest fear of all fears, Atkins *could* have recorded an angry, morose album full of dirges. Instead, he chose to go in a much more positive, upbeat direction. It’s not at all a pity-party. The high-energy melodic Rock serves as inspiration to all. Every single ounce of his being was poured into powerfully optimistic beats, stellar riffs, and strong vocals.​ ​

Remember back in the 80s when hairbands were about fun, fist-pumping good times? That’s what I was reminded of upon listening to One Shot. Makes sense, since Atkins is the singer in Pretty Maids, formed 40 years ago in Denmark. He’s lived through that era, and in a way, One Shot goes full circle by paying tribute to those days. I’m not saying it’s empty hormonally-fueled fluff. Quite the opposite. This is Atkins’ personal journal of realization set to compelling music. It’s a labor of love balancing on the wings of bittersweet triumph. The music shines brightly with hope while also acknowledging the funny way life takes us in unexpected directions, and it’s how we choose to move on from there. He does this with catchy tunes, memorable hooks, and unparalleled determination. This is the kind of Rock that has many layers, depending on how deeply one wants to decipher it. Fans of Pretty Maids and Nordic Union will not be disappointed with One Shot. This is the magnum opus you have been waiting for.​

Keep an ear out when One Shot will be heard around the world as of March 12th.

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