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Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 @ 09:32:32 UTC
Artist: Shiny Mama
CD: What Comes Around Goes Around
Home: New York City
Quote: "Hard and weighty rock with serious femme vocals, infused with just a touch of Americana."
By Genevieve Will
In the year 2006, we've really come a long way ... iPods, DVDs in the car, awesome presidents - ok, scratch that one. But honestly, despite all great progress, there remain bits of the past that are unnecessarily ignored. Rock 'n roll seems to be one of these artifacts tossed in that corner of the garage. Not rock fused with jazz injected with electronic bleeps, but naked, uncontrolled rock 'n roll. Shiny Mama apparently has a problem with the disservice rendered to this genre and shows up with What Comes Around Goes Around to have a little garage sale. Hard and weighty rock with serious femme vocals, infused with just a touch of Americana is Shiny Mama's profile, with all of the fun references to body parts, plenty of naughty words and solid guitar to boot.
Somewhere between Rush and Shirley Manson style vocals, complete with operatic wails, sultry sighs and loaded drops in tone, Yana Chupenko fronts the group with an opera-trained voice not to be bargained with while Eric Prestie mans guitar and masterminds all other instrumentation. This rock vision emerges amazingly well-fulfilled by his cohorts - Michael DeNarie, bass; Mike Meanza, drums. Although inarguably rock, Shiny Mama maintains a great "f#$* everyone else" punk attitude which, in addition to the vocals, make the band truly beyond the norm. Without question, vocals alone cannot make a group, but Shiny Mama's extremely versatile instrumentation takes care of that. Alternating from the guitar styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn to Guns 'N Roses to Moe - especially on "Back in the USA" - even to Widespread Panic - love that "Little Angel" - they recognize the old while embracing the new.
Still, in the recognition process, occasionally the homage strays slightly too close to the original. A few songs wind up in the generic pile, simply as a result of resembling too closely things heard too many times before. Thankfully, however, Chupenko's unique vocals, paired with original lyrics prevent the album from becoming one huge overall- yawn - boring attempt like "HoneyBear." While references to the USA also show their face somewhat too often, What Comes Around Goes Around is wholly successful.
A powerfully sexy woman with a voice overwhelmingly well-suited to the band's impressive instrumentation belting out songs so aptly titled as the traditional rock anthems "Long Live Rock and Roll" and "Sleazy" - is there anything better? This is, of course, disregarding cheesecake. Check out this power group.
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