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A solid and enjoyable radio friendly rock album.

The Electric Lady is a Finnish hard rock band that was formed in 2007 by singer songwriter Minna Ora and guitarist Kari Ora. The pair had actually been performing together acoustically since 1998 but they wanted to give their songs more power and decided to form a full band. Since 2011 they have been writing and recording their debut and the end result is ‘Black Moon’

There is a short almost gothic intro which flows into the first main track which is the highly commercial ‘A Man Of That Kind’. A bouncing bass line and husky vocals gives way to a funky progression and a punchy chorus. ‘You Can’t’ and ‘Waterproof’ are two more with classic rock riffs that are given modern tweaks. The former has an energetic melody that is backed up by some layered keys and some powerful vocals. ‘Waterproof’ is fuelled by a winding riff which converts to a chug in the verse with the chorus mixing both parts. ‘Through Ice And Snow’ and ‘Black Moon’ are two that rank as more complex and atmospheric with both having a moody, intense feel about them and solos that are more intricate. Of all the songs here there are two that especially stand out. ‘Secret Love’ has some effects filled guitar and a solid pace from the rhythm section before erupting into a driven catchy chorus. ‘Who Cares’ is west coast-styled rocker with a pounding bass and drums before a most infectious chorus appears. ‘Black Moon’ is not just about rocking out, there’s time for two ballads in ‘Your Heart Is 100 Times Bigger Than Mine’ and ‘That Is The Way’. Both are exceedingly Joviesque with ‘Your Heart’ having some emotional whining guitar that almost borders on country. ‘That Is The Way’ it a classical affair with plenty of strings and piano providing the back drop for M Ora’s sultry vocals.

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This is a fun, energetic and fine American styled hard rock album. It is nothing flashy or wildly different but it’s done well and it’s a joy to listen to. The best comparison would be to think Bon Jovi meets Heart/Sheryl Crow. This is an ideal drive time album well suited to being blasted out on a summer’s day motoring down an open winding road. Minna Ora has an expressive voice with a good range and style for this type of music. Kari Ora offers up plenty of groovy riffs and progressions and effortlessly blends some modern licks with the retro melodies and riffs. The other band members contribute fully with the drums and bass providing a solid engine for this rock vehicle whilst the keys add to the retro feel in places. The production is good; it’s pretty clear and polished. This is a solid and enjoyable radio friendly rock album that is worthy of your interest and time. In fact why not pick the lady up, and take her for a spin in the car on beautiful day, you’ll find it an agreeable decision.

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