Lana Lane, Winter Sessions, 2003
Listening to a Lana Lane album is always a pleasure. I love her warm voice, which can be soft and gentle, or rock hard. And of course her band is always a big attraction. Besides partner and producer Erik Norlander on keys, some usual suspects can be found on this album: Mark McCrite, Neil Citron, Peer Verschuren, Don Schiff and Gregg Bissonette all need little introduction.
Like with all Lane releases, the booklet is beautiful, and again Norlander takes the liberty to tell a lot of useful info. Besides a few covers (the almost unavoidable A Whiter Shade Of Pale, or California Dreamin’ ) we hear a lot of originals from Lana. And the style is represented by the title I guess. Contrary to other output, this focusses mainly on the softer side of her music. Without becoming all too soft of course. The quality of the writing and playing guarantees that. Even without bordering into metal territory, this music can enchant the listener. Beautiful melodies, soaring solo´s and majestic orchestrations. Even enjoyable outside the wintertime….