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Showing posts with label Long Road. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Long Road. Show all posts

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rude Mood Records artist: Diana Rein - Long Road - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Long Road, from Diana Rein, and it's got strong commercial potential. Opening with title track, Long Road, Diana Rein shows real clarity in vocal performance on a well written ballad with ultra clean Fender guitar work. Very nice! Wild One has a thumping bottom and strong rock bones. A driving rhythm guitar line and aggressive lead guitar work gives this track real sting. Livin' Loud has a slinky feel warming up to a guitar infused rock break. Cool. Green Light has a power pop feel with a springy 3 chord drive under blues lead. Rebel With A Cause opens with a Latin flare but breaks down to a heavy footed rocker. A solid radio style track with modest guitar riffs keeps it simple. The Real Thing has a nice fat Fender guitar sound with with nicely written melody lines. Breakout guitar work on this track gives it another dimension but still staying mostly in the power pop area. Nice. Done Me Dirty, another strong radio entry has some stinging guitar riffs breaking the pop infused lyrics. Don't Walk Away is a sweet ballad written over a basic arpeggio. There is a real nice guitar solo on the track giving it a broader feel and Rein's vocals are strong, balancing her guitar work. Come Back Home has a well written melody and Rein's vocals are pushed nicely by a more powerful guitar solo giving it a bit more rock weight. Wicked is a real nice blues ballad with a rich guitar guitar intro. Backing down and allowing her vocals carry the load, Rein gives the track real cross radio airplay opportunities, before coming back with her most adventurous guitar work to this point, venturing into Big Brother territory. Very nice. Down, Down, Down opens with a primitive blues feel but kicks into power pop mode with driving drums and vibrant guitar riffs. My favorite track on the release is the closer, Peace, a really nicely written instrumental ballad for electric guitar. Clean tones through what sounds like a nice tube Super and sparks of jazzy guitar riffs gives this track true sparkle. Very nice closer to a strong vocal entry.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Guitarist Diana Rein Releases New Album, "Long Road"

Guitarist Diana Rein Releases New Album, "Long Road"

  (Los Angeles, CA) - Get ready to meet your fate when "The Six-String Siren," guitarist Diana Rein, releases her highly-anticipated sophomore album Long Road (Street Date: Wednesday, May 18). Written, recorded and produced by Diana Rein, the disc features twelve original tracks on which Rein sings, plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitar. Long Road was mixed and mastered by Peter Duff at Grey Brick Studios in San Diego, CA.

   In Mythology, Sirens were dangerous yet beautiful creatures that would lure sailors with enchanting songs and make them crash onto the rocky coast. It is said that some crews survived by inserting wax in their ears to keep from being compelled. But what if the music was turned up? What if it was amplified? What if there were soaring guitar tones that shook your bones and cut through to your soul? You'd be helpless.

   On Long Road, Diana Rein displays a sharp tongue, driving blues-based guitar, and melodic solos. It won't take long before you fall under her spell. The title track eases you into the album with the admission that life tried to steal her dream but "it's been a long road and now I'm coming home, time forgives, lets me in, starting over." With vocals and guitar solos intertwining in a call-and-response fashion, the melody keeps you floating on a sea of sound. "Wild One" punches the listener in the gut with its bone-rattling bass line and lead guitar riff. This sets the stage for what Long Road is about: Soaring guitar solos and thought-provoking lyrics. Some big attitude from a little lady. "I love to play the Blues till dawn, my main main is Stevie Ray Vaughan," which also allows Rein to honor her biggest inspiration. "Livin' Loud" exudes a swamp-y swagger, it's Hendrix-esque '60's guitar solo driving home the point that loud is the way it's going to be. "Greenlight" is a response to Doyle Bramhall Jr.'s "Greenlight Girl," with driving drums that won't let up and guitars that sound like a train steadily making it's way into the stratosphere: "I'm gonna take you home tonight, it's us and the spirits of the night, baby I won't put up a fight, I want you now."

   "Rebel Without A Cause" was inspired by a James Dean photo, "hollowed eyes and hardened smile, come and talk to me a while," with crunchy guitars and seductive vocals leading to a rhythmic guitar solo sure to get under your skin. "The Real Thing" features a funk/rock groove and lyrical sass proclaiming, "if all you want is a fantasy, babe you're barking up the wrong tree." With a lyrical grit and message of revenge that's not for the weary, "Done Me Dirty" doesn't spare anyone. Rein's lead guitar oozes with a twang that means business and the vocals aren't far behind. On "Don't Walk Away" there's an admission of betrayal; no one's perfect and being honest is the only way to grow - "I know it's hard to look at me, but if you did what would you see? That I'm damaged or unworthy of love anymore, or would you hold me tight and not keep score," Rein sings with a soul-filled passion.

    "Come Back Home" is about 'coming back home to your strength and inner guidance when issues in life seek to derail you,' explains Rein. There's an authority in her vocals and the guitar licks are reminiscent of the late Duane Allman. The melancholy mood of "Wicked" leaves no stone unturned, where our psyche's dark side can be allowed to come through and make its presence known in order to be better understood. Rein's vocals on "Wicked" pierce the soul, while her lead guitar cries sadness and regret. "Down Down Down" begins with a porch-blues guitar solo coupled with haunting vocals that segues into a head-rockin' guitar and drum beat which sends the message, "if you drag me in the fire I'll kick never cower, just try to keep me down I'll rise like a flower." The guitar solos have an anthem-like quality that position themselves as the album's climax. "Peace" is a bittersweet guitar instrumental written after the death of Diana's beloved dog, Zoe. The melody in this song will embed itself into your soul and stir up heartfelt memories.

Diana Rein - "Long Road" Album Trailer