CD REVIEW: Amy Rose - Latest Singles Review
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Amy Rose
CD: Latest Singles Review
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Americana Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Contemporary Country, Rocking Blues
Sounds Like: Pistol Annies, Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Kelly Clarkson
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Weakness: Winded songs, Timing blemish, Wacky Cover Art
4 NEW SINGLES REVIEW:
(Ontario, Canada) Amy’s first three singles from her forthcoming third album, “I Just Want You To Know,” “(Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck” and “Sunshine” all achieved international airplay on more than 300 stations, worldwide. Next up is the release of her 4th single, “Country Crazy.” Released in April 2014, the uptempo companion piece to “Party Like A Redneck” promises to be Amy’s biggest hit to date. The track features some of the best players in the business, including co-producer, Marty Beecroft, Acoustic Guitar, BG Vocals; Mark Prentice, Bass (Michelle Wright, Joe Diffie;) Shane Guse, Fiddle (Western Swing Authority;) Charlie Morgan, Drums (Elton John, Kate Bush;) Michael Severs, Electric Guitars (Dolly Parton, Eric Church;) and Stacey Lee Guse (BG Vocals.)
The first single “Country Crazy” wastes no time lifting off the ground with slamming intro groove that serves up an inviting vocal and soulful groove against impressive Americana fretwork, smooth as silk rhythm section and mesmerizing vocal delivery from Rose. Next up “I Just want you to Know” downshifts a bit with a hypnotic yet, rock steady moving anthem that serves up a methodical musical build, amazing finale meshed against passionate melody and heartfelt vocal delivery from Rose that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 (Redneck Reunion) Party Like A Redneck" delivers a slamming melody with no hold barred lyrical content against well placed fiddles, well placed vocal harmonies during the chorus. I would classify this music as classic Americana Country, with powerful traces of Singer/Songwriter, Rocking Blues and Soulful Folk. The production quality runs the gamut and the musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. Along the way you will notice an array of instrumentation (besides the 4 piece standard) with things like impressive drums, solo guitar, well placed Fiddles, Banjo accents, lush harmonies all built upon a rock solid rhythm section foundation. Song for song the combination of Rose’s soulful and powerful voice and inviting hooky melodies is never called into question. Now turning our attention over to Rose, as for her vocal abilities she is quite impressive. She has enough soul and power to go around. Her musical and vocal style is cut from the cloth of Pistol Annies, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans. Every now and then she reminds me of Miranda Lambert. Her voice definitely works well within the confines of this hooky collection of singles presented. She showcases a bold yet confident Mezzo Soprano delivery. I especially like her amazing power when it's called for and also how her voice just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music - very soulful. This is an amazing quality that not many artists can execute as she really let's it all hang out. All engineering aspects check out, with crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end frequencies. Mix is a bit on the bright side but above the bar. These types of mixes are really designed to maximize radio marketability. These 4 singles from Rose provide an interesting snapshot of an Americana artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom and at times gripping messages about fun, truth and passion with rays of hope shining through. The final single “Sunshine” is the perfect wrap with it’s methodical musical build, impressive Piano and impassioned vocal feel from Rose.
All singles over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line, I detected a major timing blemish on Track 4 “Sunshine” around (2:25) – a huge misstep for a single to say the least. The order I reviewed the singles is exactly the order of priority I would recommend to Rose. In-fact Tracks 2 and 3 and a stretch as singles. The first 2 singles “Country Crazy” and “I Just Want to Know” clearly have the most potential. Though I get the above cover art concept - it's still a bit wacky.
I like everything about Amy Rose. She's truly an infectious, fun, soulful Americana/Country artist from Canada that possess a rock solid sound, appeal, voice, talent and artistic presence. All songs are sung straight from the heart. and showcase a warm, powerful, swagger that is just a blast to listen to listen to. Note for note, song for song these latest singles from Amy Rose present a marketable collection of music that are extremely consistent, and fills the space with what I would describe as soulful American exuberance - North of the Border..