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Meldrum – Lifer

| 20 September 2012 | Reply

Label: Reversed Records

Release Date: November 20, 2012

Rating: 7.5/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

Reviewing this disc was quite the task.  How do you fairly judge a posthumous release?  You simply let the music do the talking.  This release from Meldrum, featuring lead single “A Toast To Romance,” is the first new music since 2007.  Unfortunately, Michelle Meldrum passed away in 2008 before this disc could be completed.

All of the material had been written and compiled for this disc, but her guitar parts were never recorded for the release.  The vocals, drums, and bass lines are all as they were written, with bassist Laura Christine recording the lead and rhythm guitar parts as well.

The songs run the gambit of straight forward rockers to screamers.  The kicker is disc opener and previously mentioned single, “A Toast To Romance.”  This track opens with the spoken line, “C*nt. C. U. N. T.  It’s a term of endearment.”  The song has a cool guitar line, but the vocals are no where near what I expected and not really in my like column.  The high points on this disc are second single “Blackened Blue,” “’68 Blonde,” and “Walking Point.”

This is unlike the Phantom Blue releases I was used to.  This disc could be better… but it could be a lot worse.  Who knows what legacy Michelle will leave in the music industry?  I certainly am not one to judge, but this disc certainly adds a twist to it.

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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