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17-08-2015, 20:04

Jessica Hern&ez & The Deltas - Secret Evil (Deluxe Edition) (2015)

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Jessica Hern&ez & The Deltas - Secret Evil (Deluxe Edition) (2015)

Jessica Hern&ez & The Deltas - Secret Evil (Deluxe Edition) (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 00:47:06 | 108 MB
Genre: Rock, Female Vocalists | Label: Instant Records

Two years is a long time to sit on a completely finished album, but that's the fate Jessica Hern&ez & the Deltas experienced in getting Secret Evil onto shelves. Produced by Latin Grammy winner Milo Froideval, it was recorded for Blue Note, but indefinitely shelved after the label's acquisition by Universal. Hern&ez got her record back & signed with Richard Gottehrer's Instant Records. Demons, an EP, appeared in 2013. ("Caught Up," the single from that offering, is here.) On the album, there's a deep sense of Hern&ez's Southwest Detroit culture, & the Motor City's vast musical heritage from Motown to psych, gospel, & garage rock, as well her b&'s love of surf, punky ska, & blues.
This kaleidoscopic brew, mixed by Gottehrer, readily reveals Hern&ez & the Deltas' influences. The production & charts frame her big, passionate voice with a sense of concert hall theatricality. With a b& as intuitive as the Deltas, this ambitious collection of songs comes off almost without a hitch -- there is little filler. The swaggering rock & funky soul in opener "No Place Left to Hide" is pure Detroit. "Sorry I Stole Your Man" melds a girl group backing chorus (by the Iveys), Latin rock & roll, & fat, old-school, horn-driven R&B, with Hern&ez soaring over the mix. "Dead Brains" is a hooky, fingerpopping, pop/rock cum ska groover with a surf guitar break, swelling organ, & punchy bassline. Her vocals here & on "Tired Oak" add weight & heft to the b&'s playing; together they deal out a devil-may-care hedonism. "Run Run Run," featuring John Raleeh's trombone playing in classic Willie Colón style, underscores sexy Latin rock in a soulful heartbreak song. "Cry Cry Cry" (not the Johnny Cash tune) is a slow weeper that showcases the softer side of Hern&ez's voice, & a more nuanced side of the Deltas. "Downtown Man" weds psych & a funky Cuban groove. There are misfires here: "Neck Tattoo," despite its quality vocal performance, contains a cheesy synth that the melody can't overcome, & the closing "Lovers First," a sophomoric ballad, should have been left off. These tracks aside, Secret Evil delivers on the promise of the Demons EP. This young b& delivers well-written & unapologetically retro pop/rock; that said, their enthusiastic delivery & clever arrangements are decisively modern.


01. No Place Left to Hide (2:53)
02. Sorry I Stole Your Man (3:34)
03. Cry Cry Cry (3:13)
04. Dead Brains (3:35)
05. Tired Oak (3:26)
06. Over (3:08)
07. Caught Up (2:58)
08. Neck Tattoo (3:54)
09. Run Run Run (3:34)
10. Downtown Man (3:54)
11. Lovers First (4:02)
12. Gone Two Seconds (Bonus Track) (3:09)
13. Demons (Bonus Track) (2:52)
14. Don't Take My Man to Idaho (Bonus Track) (2:42)
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