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ROMANTIC REBEL REVIEW 2014

 

ROMANTIC REBEL - ROMANTIC REBEL

PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT

APRIL 29 2014

 

 

Chicago’s female fronted Romantic Rebel is an interesting proposition, part modern Metal, part Hard Rock – with an eye to the days of vintage stadium rock’s harder acts like Skid Row (and certainly not Aerosmith who were mentioned in the bio). Add to that a genuinely decent bunch of tunes and we’re treading the sort of territory that Halestorm or Sister Sin do really with perhaps a few more rough edges.

 

If female vocals aren’t normally your thing you might actually find Paige’s lower register vocals, which are a little bit ‘Joan Jett’ in places a welcome surprise, as rather than hitting highs all the time this is all about delivery.

 

The album starts off well enough with ‘Alive’ and ‘Bad For Me’ - both of which have softer moments or melodies that counterbalance the Metal riffage. If there are two things that this album lacks though its variety and subtlety. Now, one or either of those may not be of much consequence to you if you like what you hear, but after a while things do become a little one-paced and in the mix those guitars at times are just a little bit too prominent, at times detracting from some fine vocal moments that seem just to need a little more space to breathe.

 

The middle of the album is a little bombastic but without offering anything new or to counter the standard Metal riffage template, but there are a few moments that stand out – the melodies and deep groove on ‘New Way to Sin’ stuck with me as did the guitar on ‘Disappear’.

 

Aside from the openers the best here is ‘Nothing Left to Say’ which manages to hint, as those openers do that all these guys need is time.

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

ROMANTIC REBEL REVIEW 2014