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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Mandalyn - Wrecked - New release review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Wrecked, from Mandalyn and it's powerful and soulful. Opening with bluesy ballad and title track, Wrecked, Mandalyn wastes no time in showing that she's got plenty of horsepower vocally. Backed by Tony TC Coleman on drums, Bart Walker on guitar, Brian Allen on bass and Frank Ray Jr. on keys, this is a strong opener. Funky blue classic, Feel Like Breakin' Up Somebody's Home, has great pace and swagger. Mandalyn sounds like she could get the job done and with slashing riffs by Walker, excellent bass lines by Allen and with the addition of Varney Green on trombone, Joshua Harner on trumpet and Mickey Guitierrez on sax, this is a hot track. Wrapping the release is Lieber and Stoller's classic ballad, I Who Have Nothing. Mandalyn's vocals are clear and powerful, with a solid bottom and piano work by Ray and with the addition of Walker on banjo. Solid closer.  

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