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Thursday, August 15, 2019

VizzTone Label Group artist: Heather Newman - Rise From The Flames - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rise From The Flames, by Heather Newman, and it's got style. Opening with blues thumper, I'm Coming For You, Heather Newman picks up where she left off on her VizzTone debut release, Burn Me Alive. A powerful, slashing vocal style, coupled with the relentless guitar lead of Keith Ladd, and solid backing by Ryan Matthew keys, and Adam Watson on drums. On gutsy shuffle, She Sure Looks Like Me, it's Newman's bass line that sets the pace and her vocals are really effective with some harmonic paring. Lonely on Beale is a cool track with a cool backbeat. Newman really works the vocal lines and Ladd gives his guitar a nice workout making one of my favorite tracks on the release. With it's James Brown bottom, compliments of Watson and with the addition of sax by Michael Lefever and trumpet of Teddy Krulewich Coming Home has real snap. Again, Ladd steps up with some tasty guitar lead and Newman's rich vocals anchor this track square in the groove. Latin rhythm infused, What Goes Around has great movement and Newman lays down some of my favorite vocals on the release. Wrapping the release is straight up radio track, That's All, with it's smooth melody and nice vocal pairings. This is a cool release build squarely around the strong vocal work of Heather Newman. Nice job.

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