Monday, March 21, 2016

Paul Maged's "The Wild" Falls Deliciously Somewhere In Between Metallica and Night Ranger

Paul Maged has a hyphenated business card, filmaker - actor - stand up comic but I get the feeling that rock star might be his most prized persona. I don't know to what degree he has been successful at any of his incarnations and even how one measures success but to me success is living your dreams and Paul seems to be doing just that.

When I heard his latest rocker The Wild I didn't know what to make of it. It certainly is a good rocker and Paul has a true retro rocker vocal performance. The song falls somewhere in between classic Metallica and Night Ranger and before you dismiss it, listen to it a few times and it will get into your head in a deeply fun way. At the same time I say this I realize that it does kind of fall into that nostalgic rock thing. It is retro and somewhat kitschy in the Sam Flax sort of way but then Flax's take on modern music like his 80's drenched Fire Doesn't Burn Itself is addictive. So much so that it graces the Grand Theft Auto Soundtrack. Similarly, The Wild propelled by tasty guitar licks and Maged's supremely rocked out vocals will have you listening to it over and over again, maybe while wearing a leather jacket and white sneakers.

There is a niche for this kind of (dare I say) throw back sound and any enterprising video game designers should be listening hard to Paul Maged.
Robb Donker

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