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The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Review by Gary Hill

I can’t praise this album enough. It has a lot in common with a lot of the modern female fronted pop rock out there. The vocals at times remind me of people like Adele. The vocals are arguably the biggest selling point here, but that’s not fair to the music. Cutting a fairly wide stylistic path, the music here has a lot of classic sound built into it, but also a modern edge. This is great stuff start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
All I Think About

This is a soulful, bluesy romp that really rocks. It’s got some hints of country and is just a classy tune and a great opener.

Rebel
There is more of a modern sound here. It’s informed by classic sounds, though. It’s another rocker, but with a more stripped back arrangement.
Secret Song
The harmonica lends a lot to this piece. It has a real down-home country vibe to it. The multiple layers of vocals work well, and it’s just such a great tune.
I Want It All
A retro styled, stripped back, blues jazz vibe is the idea here. This is extremely classy. It’s delivered with so much style.
Don't Wake Me Up

Classis sounds with a bluesy edge and modern sensibility are the concept here. This is more great stuff.

It's Getting Better

This is a great vintage rock and roll sound. It feels like it could have come out in the late 1960s. It’s a lot of fun and a slab of nostalgia.

Let's Go

We’re back into retro tinged modern rock with bluesy elements. There are definitely some 1960s sounds in the mix on this one, too. Additionally, it has some country built into it. It’s another fun one. The arrangement gets quite powerful later as it fills out with lush layers. The vocals really steal the show, though.

Put It on Ice

This has a real soulful, funky cool. It’s a great tune that’s a lot of fun. It’s definitely a big change with a real R&B vibe. It’s kind of like a cross between Parliament and modern R&B. I really love the keyboard fills on this. The keyboard solo is vintage and classy, too.

I Just Can't Help Myself

This balladic number is more modern in tone, but based on classic elements. It definitely gets a parental advisory. This is a rather low key way to end the set, but it works.

 
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