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Laura Stevenson – Cocksure Review

Released by: Don Giovanni Records

Release date: 13 October 2015

Genre: Rock

Links: laurastevenson.com , Facebook

 

Lineup:

Laura Stevenson – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Piano

Mike Campbell – Bass Guitar

Alex Billig – Accordion, Trumpet

Peter Naddeo – Guitar, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Banjo, Glockenspiel

Sammi Niss – Drums

 

Track Listing:

01. Out With A Whimper

02. Torch Song

03. Jelly Fish

04. Ticker Tape

05. Emily in Half

06. Diet of Worms

07. Happier, Etc.

08. Fine Print

09. Claustrophobe

10. Life is Long

11. Tom Sawyer/You Know Where You Can Find Me

Cocksure is the new album from the New York based singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson. Liz Phair, The Replacements and The Lemonheads influence her. The songs on her album are rather short, but overall it is a very diverse record and an actually pretty good sounding album. Vocally it reminds me of Belinda Carlisle meets The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs. Musically speaking it is 80s meets 90s alternative rock based, sounding similar to The Pretenders meets Stevie Nicks meets Patti Smith. It is her 4th record, so she has been in the music business for quite a while now. The album features musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig and Peter Naddeo, and was mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven, Tony Molina) at Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, California. If we run through the track listing, it starts with Out With a Whimper (a slow tempo alternative rocker), followed by Torch Song (an early 80s catchy pop rocker like Patti Smith meets Pretenders meets Pat Benatar, bit quirky, but classic guitar rock and roll riff here, basically a great tune!!!!!!!!), Jellyfish (catchy up-tempo rocker), Ticker Tape (slow tempo and very calm), Emily in Half (nice catchy melodic pop rocker, a little Heather Nova-ish, Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks as well, slight AOR touch!), Diet of Worms (nice slow tempo alternative rocker), Happier, Etc. (catchy punky faster up-tempo rocker a la The Donnas), Fine Print (nice slow tempo), Claustrophobe (nice mid tempo rocker a-la The Cranberries/Skunk Akansie), Life is Long (nice up-tempo rocker, catchy a la The Bangles!!!!) and closing track is Tom Sawyer / You Know Where You Can Find Me (nice mid tempo all rocker like Alannis Morisette). All together a very nice diverse album that rocks and worth checking out.

 

Written by: Gabor Kleinbloesem

 

 

Ratings: Gabor 8/10

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