Monday, March 03, 2008

Review: Vendetta Valentine - There's Nothing Safe

Label: self-released

Released: March 4, 2008

The opening track of There's Nothing Safe sounds like a cross between 80s synth pop and the Runaways. Over the course of the album, they throw in alt rock, new wave and post-punk. It may sound like a pretty bland stew that they've cooked up here, but they've largely taken the strengths of these genres and turned them into a sound that, while not entirely unique, does give them a voice. In a sense, they've found the danceability in everything they bring into the mix and that's what gives it cohesion. There's also a definite coldness in the music that is at odds with its more human elements. Their ability to sit on both sides of that emotional fence keeps the sound big, especially for a three piece. With a good sense of catchiness, some punk rock urgency and a touch of soul for good measure, Vendetta Valentine has a pretty good album on their hands.

Satriani: 6/10
Zappa: 6/10
Dylan: 6/10
Aretha: 6/10
Overall: 6/10



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