MICHAEL BORMANN – Different (2010)


Multifacetic artist, Michael Bormann is a busy man.

Best known as founding and long time member of Germany’s melodic hard rock band JADED HEART, while still maintaining involvement in countless projects (CHARADE, ZENO, BISS, THE RAIN) as musician, producer, engineer, songwriter… everything.

This year it’s time for a his own solo effort.

Bormann: ” I am very happy with “Different”. It really took me a while (on and off within the last 10 months….) to accomplish the album.”

Except few contributions, Micheal did everything on this recording, a true ‘solo’ album.

The opening track “Life Is A Miracle” starts off with a knockout punch that has a beat that will be burnt into your memory. This is one of those tracks that you can be anywhere in the world and you will hear that beat in the back of your mind and start to chant. Good.

“To The Top” has the essence of a classic nineties rocker yet adds some classy piano and slicing guitar which makes this more than just a rock tune.

“Think Twice” is a subtle ballad with acoustics and keyboards that makes a sentimental journey through your thoughts. A Jaded Heart-style song. Very Good.

“Somebody”, a simple song filled with acoustic guitars, has an american feel and good vibe.

I was expecting a rocker now, but “Mr Rock ‘N Roll” is a little and insipid short fiddle, followed by “My Favorite Time”, a cool melodic track, but lacks power and essence.

Luckily Michael hits with some rock on “Breathless”. This one is in the style of his last project RAIN, with strong rhythm guitars and a nice solo, and the multilayered chorus works well.

“Don’t You Tell Me” sets down the pace again, but in a good form. Intimate ballad ala Bon Jovi with an ’80s feel.

“Wouldn’t Let You Down” is a generic midtempo, not bad but nothing spectacular.

“Who Really Wants To Get Older” it’s a in-your-face rocker with Bormann’s vocals taking total command.

“No Way Out – It Hurts” is another up-tempo rocker, but with a clean mix, pretty commercial, in the vein of Jaded Heart’s earlier recordings.

“Was Mir Fehlt” closes the album, a soft piano-acoustic guitar-only ballad sung in german, it’s very nice and one of the best vocal performances here.

Mostly melodic soft tunes peppered with some fresh rockers, “Different” as the title indicates, it’s not the usual material that you expect from Michael Bormann.

Surely he has put together all the stuff he can’t do into other projects.

His voice is sweet and melodic here, a mix of Michael Voss of MADMAX with some vintage JON BON JOVI for a good measure.

A cool album, although generic and a bit boring. Maybe an external producer would have given more life to these songs.

Anyway, it’s a pleasant listening, especially the ballad “Think Twice” and the opening track, both very well crafted songs.

01 – Life Is A Miracle

02 – To The Top

03 – Think Twice

04 – Somebody

05 – Mr Rock ‘N Roll

06 – My Favourite Time

07 – Breathless

08 – Don’t You Tell Me

09 – Wouldn’t Let You Down

10 – Who Really Wants To Get Older

11 – No Way Out – It Hurts

12 – Was Mir Fehlt

Michael Bormann : Vocals, All Instruments

Additional musicians;

Andreas Rippelmeier : Guitar

Lanvall : Guitars, synthesizers, piano.

Chris Ivo : Keyboards

Eric Ragno : Keyboards

Marco Grasshoff : Keyboards

Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Michael Bormann


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49 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Big WOW!!! This guy is a million times better than any artist out there today. AWESOME music! Right up my alley!

  2. Anonymous says:

    killer music! I just downloaded all four of the Michael Bormann solo CD's at Amazon and iTunes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cool man, I caught this Michael Bormann video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAIbVJ7ENNA

    I'm sold gonna go buy up all his CD's today!

    Bout' time someone knows how to really rock…

  4. Anonymous says:

    really love Michael Bormann's music too. got his new CD Michael Bormann Different today. can't stop playing it. all my friends are like who's that great band. wild about this fabulous gifted talent. I so want to see him live in concert. tempted to fly to europe to catch a show.

    Rebecca- Arizona

  5. Anonymous says:

    What a major HUNK of a man! LOVE the music of MICHAEL BORMANN and his voice turns me on better than any other singer in the world. Even my husband loves him. I discovered this very incredible artist also at his myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/michaelbormann

    The music of Michael Bormann touches my heart and lifts up my spirits the way music is meant to be. Good idea to purchase extra "MB" CD's as gifts for the holidays! I blast his music in my home and car everyday!

    New York City, NY

  6. Anonymous says:

    I ordered Michael Bormann Different his new solo CD through the link below. I've been a fan for 2 years! This is the kind of music that should be filling the air waves on radio! A true talent in every sense of the word!


    Keith in Sarasota, FL

  7. Anonymous says:

    to post # 3- thanks for that bit of info on where to buy the Michael Bormann solo CD's in the U.S. last Friday I ordered all four of the Michael Bormann CD's- Different, Capture the Moment, Conspiracy and his first MB that arrived today. this is killer music!!! my new favorite artist!

    here's the links for the store in Colorado U.S.A. they even have sound samples and easy to buy with credit cards, pay pal and toll free order line. I'm gonna go back and order more of his CD's to gift to friends for Christmas. over the top this great music!





  8. Anonymous says:

    all I can say is that this hottie just leaves me Breathless with his amazing singing. love every single song from his solo CD's. this guy is gonna become a big music star no doubt in my mind. go Michael Bormann straight to the top!

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Yeah man, I found this great german rockstar on myspace like the rest of you. It's the best music that I came across in years. Michael Bormann ROCKS! I'm now a big fan. Every single song on his four solo CD's blows up my speakers, LOUD! I am there when he tours the U.S.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this killer artist Michael Bormann is beyond incredible. I am just soooooo blown away <3 with his huge talent. I just love his music. His singing voice kicks ass! The sexiest musician alive in my eyes too! Hot very sizzle hot!

  12. Anonymous says:

    OMG! Michael Bormann has the most beautiful vocals I ever heard in my lifetime! Love his rock-pop music! I discovered him at his cool myspace page for the first time 3 years ago! Now, I own all his solo CD's, can't get enough of this hot artist! Michael Bormann is the sexiest man alive! Can't wait to buy his new Michael Bormann "Different" CD at nehrecords.com that stocks his solo CD's in the United States! Pure ear candy this man! 10/10

  13. Anonymous says:

    Holy shit! I didn't know the solo works of Michael Bormann. I'll definitely buy this album. 10/10

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  16. Anonymous says:

    yo ya lo tengo y es buenisimo, es un disco muy bueno y canta que te cagas!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    GREAT vocalist one of the best in music today!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Michael Bormann is one incredible first class singer. All of his CD's ROCK my world…wanna see him in concert in the U.S. soon.

  19. Anonymous says:

    The BEST CD that I have heard in the past many years! MICHAEL BORMANN is awesome!

  20. Anonymous says:

    "michael bormann is the cream of the crop when it comes to great music!" the MB solo cd's are in fact awesome. never heard anyone sing as great as michael bormann. this is one special artist!

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  22. Anonymous says:

    I just downloaded 53 songs by Michael Bormann at the following Amazon.com link-


    I'm a new fan wildly crazy about each and every song! Wow is an understatement. Can't even find the right words to describe just how GREAT all of his music is that is now flowing through my home other than to say I am totally floating in Michael Bormann heaven!

  23. Anonymous says:

    these songs ….. Wow… i'm a hard core rocker who says…. the best rock… the best ballads… the best voice…the best lyric's…Michael Bormann "different" is the BEST CD of year 2010!

  24. Anonymous says:

    His voice is amazing! Rock On!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Super big Wow on the Michael Bormann video! Now, that I bought up all of the Michael Bormann solo CD's at NehRecords.com I would like to say that I really love all of his songs, the rock is the best in years and the ballads completely knock the wind out of me! Besides that he is just so cute, my new fantasy man! A girl can dream 😉 Michael Bormann is one hot package awesome music, a seriously handsome man and his singing voice goes right through my heart! Love him so much!

    Misty in North Carolina

  26. Anonymous says:

    I can't wait to see Michael Bormann in concert! I have all the solo music of this awesome artist! Incredible songwriter and his vocals I swear are the best on the planet!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Michael Bormann- Different released on November 19th 2010 is Top 10 best selling #2 CD at the Europe store AORHeaven.com and also Top 10 best selling #4 CD at the U.S. store NehRecords.com on the popular music sales charts for month of November 2010. This is a fantastic "new" Michael Bormann CD!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Awesome music! New fan! Super!!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    "I just love Michael Bormann!" Everything about him is superior. The best rock-pop-a/c-popular music out there today is the Michael Bormann solo releases! His music rocks and melts my heart away ever so deeply! I can really relate to the lyric's and that singing voice of his is beyond AMAZING that really knows how to pick up my spirits!!! Very handsome sexy artist! Watch for the Michael Bormann (2011) Worldwide Tour dates at Pollstar.com It's a hot concert ticket! You can bet that I'll be catching at least a couple of the Michael Bormann headliner concerts! To further add the new Michael Bormann "Different," CD is just wonderful! Love each song on the brand new Michael Bormann CD! This guy is on his way of becoming a superstar! I agree, perfect music for U.S. radio that crosses over into many genre's and everyone I know is a big fan of Michael Bormann, guys and girls alike!

  30. Anonymous says:

    my boyfriend & I are wild about the Michael Bormann solo CD's. just got the new one Different and love, love, love it sooooo much!

    Jen & Frankie
    Beverly Hills, CA.

  31. Anonymous says:

    incredible music ~ fav artist

  32. Anonymous says:

    Michael Bormann "Different" Album of the Year!!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    Great new release by Michael Bormann! Dig all the songs! It's a loaded rock & roll gun mixed with killer ballads that are out of this world!

  34. Anonymous says:

    SUPER to watch personal film footage of Michael Bormann on the Different video teaser. I have almost the entire Michael Bormann CD collection that he sang on under other band project names from over the years and his solo CD's. The "MB" Solo music is the best! I could listen to his pretty vocals all day and all night long. AWESOME sound samples on the video from the new Michael Bormann "Different" CD. WOW! Bigtime WOW! I am just blown away by these new songs! I will purchase it first thing Monday from my favorite online CD store NehRecords.com It's a great place to buy all the Michael Bormann solo CD's located in Colorado with a credit card simply by calling the toll free order line. Michael Bormann should be on radio here in Indiana. Everyone loves this kind of beautiful music!


  35. Anonymous says:

    sexi talented handsome the most beautiful singer on the globe. that's Michael Bormann. i'm gonna buy extra CD's to gift for x-mas too. good idea for stocking stuffer. wish I could have him stuffed into a man size x-mas stocking waiting for me x-mas morning at my fireplace. luv all his music. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy.

  36. Anonymous says:

    the mighty "King of Melodic Rock Michael Bormann," is # 1 on my playlist!

  37. Anonymous says:

    this guy rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I am flying to the Netherlands for the Michael Bormann concert in April. I purchased my ticket through ticketmaster. It will be my first time seeing Michael Bormann in concert. I know this will be a once in a lifetime musical experience! The "MB" solo music is wonderful and his vocals beautiful. Hope I get to meet him in person at a meet and greet for his autograph! 😉

    Atlanta, Ga

  39. Anonymous says:

    Michael Bormann just announced a major headliner tour for 2011 to support his new Different solo release! Here's the tour dates confirmed so far. Noted on his official website he is planning additional shows in Greece, Norway, Brazil, UK and in other parts of the Globe! Hot concert ticket! Tickets are for sale at major ticket stores for "MICHAEL BORMANN IN CONCERT!"


    April 9th 2011
    Ritmo y Compas
    C/ Conde de Vilches 22
    Madrid, 28028 SPAIN

    April 23rd 2011
    Cultuurpodium Boerderij
    Amerikaweg 145
    Zoetermeer, 2717 NETHERLANDS

    May 6th 2011
    Garage Deluxe
    Friedenstr. 10
    München, Bayern 81671 GERMANY

    May 7th 2011
    Aathalstr. 74
    Uster, 8610 SWITZERLAND

    May 8th 2011
    Rockfabrik 2
    Ludwigsburg, Baden Würt 71634 GERMANY

    May 13th 2011
    Riders Cafe
    Leinweberstr 4
    Lübeck, Schleswig 23556 GERMANY

    May 14th 2011
    Prinz-Regent-str. 50 – 60
    Bochum, NRW 44795 GERMANY

    August 6th 2011
    Bühne am Theater
    SAARBRÜCKEN, Saarland 66111 GERMANY

  40. Anonymous says:

    GREAT CD! Every song is great!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Come to America Michael Bormann! We LOVE you! I'm so glad I found you on myspace. I have all your CD's and listen all the time. Gives me a major high your solo music! Rock on and yeah, the new CD is the GREATEST!

  42. Anonymous says:

    my FAV artist is none other than Michael Bormann. I just downloaded the new Michael Bormann "Different" CD at AMAZON.COM to tie me over and ordered the hard copy CD from nehrecords.com that arrives next week.

    Wow, super AWESOME songs that will make my Thanksgiving a great rockin' time! Michael Bormann totally rocks bigtime!

  43. Anonymous says:

    HOT!!!! HOT!!!! HOT!!!! HOT!!!! HOT!!!! HOT!!!!
    good going "MICHAEL BORMANN," 21st Century Mr. Rock & Roll Cowboy!!!! outstanding new CD-Different! Playing it so much the CD will be worn out soon!

    Los Angeles

  44. Anonymous says:

    great europe ROCKSTAR! happy that his music is pouring into the U.S. lately. easier for me to buy his CD's. Got em' all annnnnd best move Michael Bormann made to go solo, some of his best music ever as a solo artist!

  45. Anonymous says:

    sexy man sexy music 😉 Michael Bormann totally a "HOT 100% all the way!"

  46. Anonymous says:

    a friend of mine introduced me to the Michael Bormann music. been a fan for quite a long while. I have his entire collection solo CD's (every song rocks) and also have the entire collection of other known bands he records with. this *new* Michael Bormann-Different CD is the best one yet! It has the perfect balance of rock and power ballads. my new wife is crazy about "MB" too! Only problem the wife and I argue about who get's the Michael Bormann CD's in the car. I'm going to buy my wife her own Michael Bormann CD collection for Christmas, that will settle that! LOL!


  47. Anonymous says:

    Oh my God! I know that singing voice…it's the same singer that performed in front of more than 100 million people on pay-per-view for the Ice Hockey World Championship a few years ago! Everyone in the sports bar here in Franklin, WI suddenly stopped talking and stared at the television monitors in total awe like in a trance with these incredible vocals that filled the air. Jesus Michael Bormann is sooooooo great!!! I'm a fan ever since that day! Dig all his music! Good to know there's a brand new CD out! On my way to the store now…cheers 😉

  48. Anonymous says:

    And the link is dead!

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