Album review: ORIANTHI – Live In Hollywood (CD and DVD)

Frontiers Music [Release date: 15.07.22]

For the uninitiated, Greek/Australian blonde bombshell Orianthi Panagaris is a platinum selling, guitar playing rock artist whose songs have registered many millions of hits online.
That’s when she’s not been treading the boards with Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood and more recently, Richie Sambora.

She moved to Frontiers from Dave Stewart’s Robo Records for her last release, O, in 2020. Her new solo album on the label is due out later this year.

This live recording maintains her career momentum. It was recorded at the Bourbon Room in Hollywood in January, and expectantly, cherry picks from her 4 studio albums.

As a career best of, it was a wise move. None of her albums have the depth and stamina required for the long run, too often trading the slick and the superficial for rock solid songwriting. And so the live arena allows her to stretch out, to get into the musical dark corners that seem out of reach in the studio.

The last album’s big hitters come across best, all co-written with award winning producer Marti Frederiksen. Especially the songs tailored for today’s short attention spans.

The stomping, ramped up ‘Impulsive’ is a bigger song, done live. It’s tuned to the beating heart of a downhome Stonesy riff, casting off the pop treatment the studio album employed, and it works so much better.

Meantime, the viscerally kinetic ‘Contagious’, which seems to have acquired some dirt under its fingernails since leaving the studio, sends shockwaves rolling through an enthusiastic, receptive audience.

Balancing style and substance is always a challenge for a new kid on the blues block, it’s met head on by the slowed down, fiercely dramatic ‘Sinners Hymn’. Live, Orianthi and band slide into a groove that clearly connects with an appreciative crowd.

There’s an almost nostalgic tinge to the live version of ‘According To You’, a shiny pop diamond that became the artist’s worldwide breakout song in 2009. Performing it live now, 13 years later, Orianthi skillfully keeps the restrained fury of the original in check, transforming it into a passionate cry from the heart, no doubt echoed by women the world over. ***1/2

Review by Brian McGowan

Josh Taerk’s latest Sunday Session was streamed on Sunday 17 July.

Check out previous videos here:

David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 GMT, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 31 July 2022.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020 and 2021 Finalist) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 GMT as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 2 August 2022.

How to Listen Live?

Click the programming image at the top of the page (top right of page if using desktop)

Listen via Windows Media Player. Click or tap here and “open file”
Listen via other media player (eg. VLC) Click or tap here and “open file”

Get Ready to ROCK! Radio is also in iTunes under Internet Radio/Classic Rock
Listen in via the Tunein app and search for “Get Ready to ROCK!” and save as favourite.

More information and links at our radio website where you can listen again to shows via the presenter pages:

Power Plays w/c 8 August 2022 (Mon-Fri)
BORN LOST Take Time (Mouthpiece) (Revolver Records)
JAIME KYLE Driving With The Brakes On (Conquest Music)
SCARLET DORN Born To Suffer (SPV Recordings)
HOLDING ABSENCE Coffin (Sharptone Records)
TYRANNOSAURUS NEBULOUS Get Some (Echoed Past Records)
KROOKED TONGUE When The Beaches Bleed (indie)
SKYPILOT Knifed On The Beach (The Distortion Project)

Featured Albums w/c 8 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 LESSMAN VOSS Rock Is Our Religion (Atomic Fire Records)
12:00-13:00 H.E.A.T. Force Majeure (earMUSIC)
14:00-16:00 THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS A Very Unusual Head (indie)

Popular (last 30 days)

Leave a comment/Main Menu

Please log in/register