Cleopatra Records [06.04.15]
OK, let’s get the name out of the way first. It’s pretty naff. And unimaginative. Isn’t it about time that this purposeful phonetic misspelling malarkey faded into obscurity? It may be my 11+/grammar school education, but it drives me nuts.
Anyway rant over. Usually such deliberate vandalism of the English language masks an equally puerile release. Not so with American Stranger – a ‘big beat progressive rock’ concept album conceived and delivered by core Lunden Reign members guitarist/ composer Lora G and vocalist Nikki Lunden.
The PR blurb would have you believe their music ‘pushes the envelope’. I think not, but it is a ‘hood down’ radio friendly slice of rock that could only emanate from Los Angeles. Big guitars, big choruses and great vocals, it may be clichéd in the eyes of some, but it’s a volume up, windows down, good time album.
There’s plenty of reference points for those who like their rock delivered as only our cousins across the water can – Sheryl Crow , Stevie Nicks, and Pat Benatar but laced with the punk attitude of 1980s ‘Strip’ cruisers like Vixen and Lita Ford.
It’ll not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I’m a sucker for this late eighties / early nineties style of female fronted pop/rock, and American Stranger is a supremely well-constructed example of the genre. ****
Review by Pete Whalley
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