REQUESTED ALBUM REVIEW - VIRGINIA HAZE - "GENUINE"
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