by Chuck Dauphin
Sometimes – given the high volume of CD’s that pass across my desk, it’s tough to get anything on the first listen. You typically have to go back, and listen to a disc a few times before you realize whether you ‘get’ the act or not. I only needed one listen to tell you that Herrick is the real deal, and may very well contain the next great female voice of this generation in Donna Herrick.
It’s all in how you interpret it, but in Herrick I hear a mixture of Jennifer Nettles’ phrasing, as well as the rock and blues swagger of one Faith Hill. That afore-mentioned swagger comes across on cuts like “Cry Memphis” and “Walk A Mile,” which was incidentally co-penned by Herrick along with Karen Staley – one time band member for Faith.
Donna is equally at home with more pop-sounding tunes such as “Wicked Maria” and “Love And Misery,” as well more traditional-sounding tunes as “Satan And Grandma,” and the emotionally-charged “Drive.”
The band themselves are just as tight together as Donna is vocally, and when they all get cooking, like they do on “Do You Love Me” or “Too Much Of Too Little,” the results are nothing short of a slam dunk! Simply said, all Herrick needs is to be heard. Soon!
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