by Andrew Weiss
Local vocalist Andrea Desmond just released their latest work entitled Open Spaces (Spectra Records) in 2013. Her Songs of Freedom Competition. She was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Artist at the Artist in Music Awards, for which she also performed at the Nomination Ceremony / Red Carpet Event in Hollywood.
Now with her powerful backing band, the White Lights, they made it to the finals of the Seattle Jammin’ Challenge, which kick-started her career in the city. They recorded four tracks at Toybox Studios with Justin Cronk of Vendetta Red back in September 2012, From the first notes of “Block the Heart” and “Dawn Breakers” through to the final winding twists and turns of “Teal Water” this release is a taste of the old with a breath of fresh air.
This is real and genuine Contemporary Pop Rock or Light Rock expressionism before everything started sound super sonic. All tracks are powerful, melodic and infectious, which doesn’t even begin to describe the inducing vocal presence of Desmond. In contrast Andrea Desmond delivers an incredibly balanced blend of Contemporary Pop, with belief elements of Celtic Pop, Light Rock and even Blues.
On Open Spaces Desmond provides 5 intriguing musical stepping stones that gleefully showcase world class musicianship and passionate vocals with no illusions, or farces. In my mind she is a musical triple threat. She’s got a good look, she can play Piano, write music and she’s a great singer. Like I had mentioned its impressive how well Desmond has combined traditional Contemporary Pop with more modern alt-rock balladry. Her vocals at times shift from Classical to even soulful. This reminds me of Adele, Lily Allen, Jessie J. and Imagine Dragons. Desmond is a captivating composer and singer within her own right.
Some songs seem painfully simple yet not to be underestimated “Run” while others are know a sure direction delivering the A-Typical Rock flair “Block the Heart.” However some pieces dig a bit deeper are even dark and boldly honest: “I can Wait no Longer.”
Open Spaces EP by Andrea Desmond is one of the hottest pop-rock releases I’ve heard this year – but may not be for everyone. Despite this not so corporate approach she will appeal to old school pop-alt-rock fans mostly. I doubt the Maroon 5 people will flock to their shows, but who cares! A million of so disgruntled rock fans will probably beat them up on their way to an Andrea Desmond show anyway right?
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