Jessica Lynn releases her first single of 2020 and despite the country label, this is one of those timeless pop power ballads. She has a vocal and a half, backed by a big production and guitar solo. Jessica Lynn is one to keep an eye on this year and beyond. Impressive stuff.
During lockdown many bands have been working on new material, albeit not in the same studio. Scorpions are one such band and they have released this pick me up ballad, which is okay but despite the nice sentiment, is like a budget version of ‘Winds Of Change’ without the whistling. Here’s hoping the other music they are working on has a bit more memorable.
Re-recorded by Queen with Adam Lambert, plus featuring revised lyrics to pay tribute to the frontline workers in this coronavirus pandemic. It is a charity release too, aiding Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organisation. A classic song given a modern update, raising money for charity, what’s not to like? Adam Lambert makes the song his own, without having to try and be Freddie, which of course no-one can.
A song for the times if ever there was one and lifted off their new album ‘Last Light On The Highway’, which received a rave review from fellow GRTR! writer Andy Nathan and rightly so. They nail the classic southern rock sound and let’s hope we can all start drinking together soon (whilst social distancing).
SHANNON LABRIE Firewalker
Shannon LaBrie has been making music for a few years now, racking up a fair few live appearances along the way. ‘Firewalker’ is co-written with Tia Sillers (writer on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s ‘Blue On Black’) and Australian guitarist Joe Robinson. She has lovely soulful vocal that sits perfectly on the blues rock backing. Looking forward to hearing more from this talented singer.
POP EVIL Let The Chaos Reign/Work
Pop Evil have certainly been making an impression with their take on modern metal, notching up over 600m streams worldwide and six number ones on the Billboard rock singles chart. Let The Chaos Reign mixes a nifty metal riff, pummelling drums with a rap vocal, like Linkin Park for a new generation. One heck of a catchy riff and chorus – you can see why they do so well. ‘Work’ on the other hand comes across as a mix between Shinedown and Imagine Dragons, again they focus on melody and sure to be another chart hit.
Covering such a well-known classic as Tears For Fears’ ‘Shout’ takes some doing which Trope do. They replace the synth laden original with a heavier, guitar based version and vocalist Diana Studenberg’s melodic, gothic style suits their version perfectly.
HOUSE OF LORDS New World – New Eyes
Title track from the band’s new album due on June 12 on Frontiers (it has been pushed back a month from its original May release date). Not an overly impressive track with the drums lacking any depth and personally I miss the pomp keyboards that made their earlier albums so good. Hopefully there will be better songs on the album.
DEEP PURPLE Man Alive
Second single lifted off the band’s upcoming album ‘Whoosh!’, which has a cinematic feel about it. Not a typical single, but then they don’t expect daytime mainstream radio airplay. The song has a wonderful prog rock vibe and is sure to please their many fans.
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Power Plays w/c 27 June 2022 (Mon-Fri)
REVIVAL BLACK Broken Home (TMR Records)
FLOYA Epiphany (indie)
TWISTER Own Worst Enemy (indie)
MODERN MIMES Down And Dead (Curtain Call Records)
TUNGSTEN Northern Lights (Arising Empire)
THE GREAT LESLIE Feel Alive (indie)
Featured Albums w/c 27 June (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 GRACE Hope (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 CLASSLESS ACT Welcome To the Show (Better Noise Music)
14:00-16:00 TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT Day By Day (indie)
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