Up comes Ginny Simmons to the mike and then you really are blown away. Out flows the forceful grace of Laura Martin of Finneus Gauge, the sultry, passion-fired croonings of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and even the bombastic, speak-sing of Annette Peacock of Bruford. Simmons truly explodes on "Fear". Guitarist, Ted Tuck, and bassist Jonathan Peek both sing well, (hear them on "Tribal Spirit" and "We Don't See"), but the power and glory is Simmons. She lures you in, wraps the song around you, and just makes it all uniquely click. An undercurrent of angst and introspection threads heady lyrics which thankfully avoid the trap of other bands' empty-headed songs. Here's another semi-obscure reference for folks out there to get oriented Band of Susans. Die A Tribe goes light years beyond that band's compositions and redundant, wall-of-feedback-noise guitars. Both however, display the effective female lead/ male backup vocal parallels.
So much is so very wonderful about this polished group. They know their instruments, all the tricks, effects, voicings, and are precise on time signatures. Harmonies are strong, compositions interesting, and flowing. Everyone has plenty of room to stretch and Simmons doesn't sing all the time. The instrumental portions versus vocals are balanced just right. Thirteen songs are offered that never fail to surprise, entertain, and melt you away right into the places where great jazz fusion and solid rock from the heart shine forever far, far beyond the pale ghosts of mainstream. Highest recommendations. ~ John W. Patterson
Record Label: Contribed Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock
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