From where I stand I hope many regular visitors of the site recognize the name Doris Brendel. Not so long ago I featured the new pretty funny video for one of the tracks from this album (Going Out), but also her previous album The Last Adventure as well as the classic The Violet Hour got some space. So yes, you can bet your a** I love her gruff and grainy vocals!
This time partnering with Lee Dunham (vocals, guitars, bass, producer, etc.) Doris came up with another 12 tracks who, as she describes it, are “her”. And without knowing her personally, me thinks that her is wonderful. An eclectic mix of rock, pop and more progressive tinged music, this album is another journey to musical depths. Full of soul, witty lyrics (I put my soul on Ebay, won´t you bid a little higher), dynamic arrangements and for sure one of the most beautiful tracks in a long time, the astounding Without Words (should you need a reason to buy this CD, this track is worth the price alone).
Yes variety is key and yes, probably some people will say it lacks identity. But to me, that is bull, every song on here deserves your undivided attention and is testament of a talent that, would there be any justice in the world, deserves to be bigger than Lady Gaga or who ever. So come on, head on over to your favourite retailer and get this baby. Shockingly awesome.
This singer first came to my attention in the radio show Progressive X Grooves from Pieter van Veen, who also featured my band Chinawhite at the time. It sounded promising, so I was very glad Sandra from Sky Rocket Records popped a disc in the post for me.
And even better, I was immediately hooked to this album. Doris has a wonderful warm voice with just that little edge I like so much. And while the music is labelled as classic prog, I think that is selling it short. The prog tag is probably caused by the way the songs are approached and arranged, but I think that any serious rock or adventurous pop fan will find this a worthwhile addition to the collection.
The songs are fairly short, with all but one ranging between 3 to 4 minutes. Yet every song counts. Melodies are instant, playing is impeccable. And just listen to Doris stretch her vocal cords on opening song What Are You Saying. Absolutely great!
The regular use of Hammond and the inventive guitar playing is not hurting either. And despite the songs being short, the arrangements are impressive and very inventive. I like that a lot! So I will just say this: pick it up, you won´t be disappointed. By the way, I also see it advertised with a different front cover, but don´t know about that.
Personal play tips: best enjoyed as a whole.