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MELDRUM

LIFER

2012

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Reviewed by: Todd Jolicoeur

 


Reviewing this disc was quite the task.  How do you fairly judge a posthumous release?  You simply let the music do the talking.  This release from Meldrum, featuring lead single “A Toast To Romance,” is the first new music since 2007.  Unfortunately, Michelle Meldrum passed away in 2008 before this disc could be completed.

 


All of the material had been written and compiled for this disc, but her guitar parts were never recorded for the release.  The vocals, drums, and bass lines are all as they were written, with bassist Laura Christine recording the lead and rhythm guitar parts as well.

 


The songs run the gambit of straight forward rockers to screamers.  The kicker is disc opener and previously mentioned single, “A Toast To Romance.”  This track opens with the spoken line, “C*nt. C. U. N. T.  It’s a term of endearment.”  The song has a cool guitar line, but the vocals are no where near what I expected and not really in my like column.  The high points on this disc are second single “Blackened Blue,” “’68 Blonde,” and “Walking Point.”

 


This is unlike the Phantom Blue releases I was used to.  This disc could be better… but it could be a lot worse.  Who knows what legacy Michelle will leave in the music industry?  I certainly am not one to judge, but this disc certainly adds a twist to it.