Album review: MELISSA GREENER – Transistor Corazon

MELISSA GREENER - Transistor Corazon

Music has been a part of Melissa Greener’s life from day one.  Raised in Detroit by her Playboy Club lounge singer mother and politically bent hippie father, her musical roots are in the soulful 1960′s Laurel Canyon scene.

Her two previous albums – ‘Fall From The Sky’ (2006) and ‘Amima’ (2010) have won awards and registered international attention and her third Transistor Corazon has been produced, recorded and mixed by Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule) at his Alex The Great Studio in Nashville.

Her website describes her style as emo-folk-crooner and that’s a pretty accurate description.  She’s got a great vocal style and there’s several numbers on ‘Transistor Corazon’ that really hit the bull’s eye – the haunting self-penned ‘Ghost In The Van’, which from very first listen sounds like a timeless classic, and ‘Jackson’ – a co-write with BettySoo that is equally captivating.

There’s exquisite covers of Jesse Winchester’s ‘That’s What Makes You Strong’, and The Beatles ‘If I Fell’, but there’s no doubting that the what makes Transistor Corazon stand out crowd is Greener’s compelling vocal performance and the retro West Coast sound.  ****1/2

Review by Pete Whalley

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