CD REVIEW: Christina Gaudet - Wild Things
by: Cyrus Rhodes
Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Rocked-out Blues, Singer-Songwriter, Soul
Weakness: A few Winded Songs, Genera Identity Crisis, Dated Sound, Marketability
Christina Gaudet grew up in the famous French Quarter of New Orleans, listening to the funky soulful sound of Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville & The Neville Brothers and Wynton Marsalis. It was that gumbo of musical spice that seduced her into an unending love affair with music. One of the highlights of her career was to work with Grammy Winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends Leiber and Stoller as the lead in their Workshop for Tales of Manhattan (Broadway). With the release of the new album “HEART ON FIRE” appropriately released on 11.11.11, Christina teamed up with Cyber PR CEO, Arial Hyatt and Vocal Music Life Coach, CEO, Cari Cole to learn how to set the ground work for this new business model. From there she launched a her new web site with all of these new business practices in place laying a foundation for years to come. This artists has eight albums to her credit.
The CD takes flight with “Wild Things” a slamming, rocked-out groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against slamming solo guitar, rocked out guitar against soulful vocal work from Gaudet. Track 2 “World Wide Lover” downshifts a bit with its methodical intro eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition with thought provoking lyrics. Track 3 “Burn” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its steady flowing groove, hooky chorus, impressive soulful harmonies and invigorating message. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as classic Hair Metal popular in the 80’s. I can also hear element of Soulful-Rock, Blues of Singer/Songwriter and Classic Rock of the 70’s. Along the way you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, Rhythm guitar, Horns, Organ, Fiddles, Piano, as well placed harmonies all built upon a solid rhythm section to boot. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Now turning our attention over to Gaudet as for her vocal abilities, it voice works extremely well within the confines of this rock catalogue. She’s got a good look, a catchy mystique and knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing vocal fluidity, and a lot of soul and sustained power. Her voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. She’s got a good vibrato and impressive Mezzo Soprano to beet with much in the way of Power and finesse. The Songwriting is like an old pair of Blue Jeans world class, harmonies and melodies are well placed and well crafted. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The Musicianship is world class and delivers everything you would expect from a Top-Tiered Rock Production. The music reminds me of a combination between Dokken, Heart, Bonnie Tyler, Evanescence and even Lita Ford. On the other side of the sonic spectrum I can even hear Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams, Allison Krauss. I especially like the amazing solo segments throughout the CD – providing much in the way of musical variety. By track 5 the CD hits a good solid stride. From heartfelt Hurricane” to melodic “Acadia” and Wave” to grooving “Love Drive” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Higher Power” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. CD suffers from a really bad case of genre identity crisis as her sound is literally all over the map! It’s fair to say Gaudet needs to narrow the fairway with respect to her overall sound and keep things more consistent song to song – with respect to each other. Gaudet does a good job at singing the style assigned to each track though. I feel the most marketable pieces are Tracks 5,6,7,9. I feel Gaudet shines brightest within the Rock-Soul-Blues realm – like on Track 10 “Like to Do”. Gaudet really nails it on this piece. Some aspects of this production are reminiscent of music popular 20+ years ago. Some of the aforementioned plays into marketability.
From start to finish on “Wild Things’ bring the mojo and is a barnburner release from start to finish. Let me go on record by saying Christina Gaudet Rocks the house. The music is grooving, upbeat, soulful and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Christina Gaudet and her band are rock solid. The artistic presence from Gaudet is impressive and her overall persona is something many folks should gravitate towards.