Jul 4, 2009

Miss Derringer - Winter Hill Review

album art taken from Amazon.com

Artist: Miss Derringer
Album: Winter Hill
Release Date: July 23, 2009 (preview whole album now on lala.com)
Tracks: 10
Runtime: 30:19

Track Rundown:

1) "Click Click (Bang Bang)" - 5 *'s. Very Doors meets June Carter-Cash.

2) "Bulletproof Heart" - 4 *'s. All the awesomeness of Paramore doing a slower ballad while still rocking. If you like The Ramones, you'll definitely get a kick for the vibe of this song.

3) "Black Tears" - 3 *'s. Bordering on Blondie territory here, but while retaining a very old school Doo-Wop clashing with country-pop sound. A very entertaining song, but not one of the best on the albums.

4) Don't Leave Me Now - 3 1/2 *'s. Very soundtrack for High School Prom feeling. I feel like I'm being serenaded, but they go a little too over-the-top with Honky Tonk to really be considered a modern hit.

5) "Death By Desire" - 4 *'s. Beautiful imagery, like being sung a poem. It lacks a little kick that'll really make it catch on, but this is pretty hardcore talent in terms of music.

6) "All The Pretty Things" - In steps Johnny Cash to duet with June. It'll feign overly Honky-Tonk, but they get a little experimental with it as it progresses, to make it truly something of its own. 5 *'s.

7) "Tell Me So" - 2 *'s. Points for it's great use of music, but the vocals are lacking here, leaving it rather bland.

8) "Heartbreaks & Razorblades" - 2 *'s. Another filler, which is really going to hurt the overall rating of an album with such few tracks. It's not awful, but there's nothing that stands out about it to me, even the guitar solo which sounds like a slow-mo Dick Dale.

9) "Drop Shot Dead" - 4 *'s. Very old school doo wop, attempted at modernizing, and feeling like it belongs in a Quentin Tarantino film.

10) "Mausoleum" - 3 *'s. A decent close but nothing spectacular. Very slow and melodic but lacking punch.

My Highlights: "Click Click (Bang Bang)" is definitely a strong track that I hope the album will be leaned on. Another, while different, is also really good: "All The Pretty Things" which is a duet.

Overall Rating: There are critics out there that won't give this band a chance due to the lead singer's controversial faux-famous art. Elizabeth "Bloodbath" McGrath sure does have some bizarre pieces which you can see on her website but I'm the type that would even listen to a Paris Hilton song without pre-judging. Perhaps it's my open mindedness, but I'm giving this album a 3 1/2 *'s. I should warn you to give some of the songs a listen before buying the album, as the genre may not be your cup of tea, but if you like even one track, you'll likely find this album a pretty sweet deal.

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