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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Angel Forrest - Angel's 11 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Angel's 11, from Angel Forrest and it's got a special feel. Opening with Hangman, a solid blues rocker, Forrest shows that she's serious business and ready for anything. With Johnny Flash on guitar, Dennis Coulombe on bass, Sly Coulombe on drums and Bernard Quessy on B3, this track could easily see a lot of radio play. All The Way has a real cool rhythm and perfect timing from Coulombe on percussion. Forrest has a special voice and this track is perfect for her. Rob MacDonald lays in a nice guitar solo rounding out this track. Spoil Me Up is a real cool, jazzy track featuring beautiful guitar work from Steve Strongman and nice horn work from Frankie Thiffault on tenor sax, Mathieu Mousseau on bari sax, and Nicolas Boulay on trumpet. Excellent! Hold On Tight has a bluesy rock/ country sound with a real cool bass line from Alec Mc Elcheran. Ricky Paquette steps up with some searing guitar lead and I particularly like Sly Coulombe, drum work on this track. Tumbleweed really falls back with a western sound and a sweet melody. With steel guitar work by Dimitri Lebel-Alexandre and Ben Clement on drums, this track is very strong. A bright acoustic number, Goodbye, features Paul DesLauiers on acoustic guitar, building as it goes. This track reminds me quite a bit of a Steve Winwood composition and the instrumentation is tight! Let Me Go is a smooth R&B style track with full horn compliment. With tastes of Etta James styling, Forrest hits the target dead on with solid vocals and Kim Greenwood really rips loose on strat for some of the most emotional guitar work on the release. Wildflower is an uptempo rocker featuring Corey Diabo with metal guitar styling which blends surprisingly nicely with an otherwise pop oriented track. Very cool. Shane Murphy opens Touch of My Hand with fiery guitar riffs, played off of a funky bottom and sassy vocals. This is a pretty cool with a lot of heat. Steve Hill lays out some really nice lead guitar work on Crucify, a vocal ballad, performed nicely by Forrest. There are a number of really note worthy guitar pieces on this release and this is certainly one. Very nice work! Wrapping the release is silky smooth, You and I, with nicely blended vocal harmonies and light, spanish like executed guitar riffs from Adam Karch. This is a really super track to complete a nicely executed release of Forrest sharing her main stage with some excellent guitar players. Very nice job!

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