FULL ALBUM REVIEW – VIRGINIA HAZE – “GENUINE”
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By Andrew Goodwin of NEW MUSIC EAR https://newmusicear.wordpress.com/
ALBUM SUMMARY – “Genuine” is a real gem of an album. Upbeat Classic Rock tracks intertwined with soft 70s and 80s ballads with hints of Folk, Psychedelia, Jazz and Soul. Tracks will take you back to some of the finest female voices in music such as Slick, Benatar, Jett and Hynde. A great album full of catchy choruses and emotive lyrical content. Genuine class all round.
01 BREAKABLE – Great foot stomper to open the album, complete with catchy chorus and an early 80s Heart style. Almost a Pat Benatar/Joan Jett hybrid, this is uptempo Classic Rock at its best.
02 GENUINE – A sombre beginning to this track and an almost Cher-like vocal akin to the American star’s late 80s excursion into Rock territory. More classic Heart hints make this a really beautiful song from start to finish.
03 WHAT’S GOIN’ ON – Blues Rock, somehow reminding me of Free and Lynyrd Skynyrd and those style of bands from the mid 70s era. A subtle hint of Fleetwood Mac’s early years is also present.
04 THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES – Love this track as a fan of The Bangles, reminiscent of the girls’ debut album “All Over The Place”. A raw, Psychedelic hippie Rock track that has a great feel good vibe.
05 GOSPEL SINGERS – Soft, gentle ballad as Virginia plays the Chanteuse in a smoky bar. A little Grace Slick laid back style. The Jazzy accompaniment makes this a very cool track.
06 SOMEWHERE NOWHERE – This song has a sultry musical backing with a husky vocal which reminds me of the Dutch Rock singer Anouk. One of my favourites on the album, powerful and emotive.
07 MORE THAN LOVE – Pretenders and Chrissie Hynde come to mind on hearing this track. A really great throwback to early 80s Pop Rock.
08 COME BACK TOGETHER – A Chicago/Foreigner like combination style with a female vocal. Also has a Motown feel mixed in. Experimental but it works.
09 BAD SEED – Acoustic track to start off with a 70s emotional feel. About 1 minute 10 seconds in the tempo rises a notch with some Classic Rock guitar riffs before cooling down again. It finishes with some Heavy Rock guitar solo as it fades out. Love it.
10 PASTURES – Strings and piano track, very light and atmospheric. Gorgeous, passionate vocals once again to bring the emotional vibe to full effect.
11 CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SUMMER – Classic Rock track with a hint of Beach Boys, which always seems to arrive when “summer” is in the title! 60s/70s keyboards are thrown in for good measure. Cool and summery!
12 THE GRAND OPENING – A jazzy Soul style ending to the album. A little reminder to Michelle Branch or Beverley Craven. Lovely sound and with a good, positive feel as with the rest of the album.
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