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| 13 February 2015 | 1 Reply


Label: Independent

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Rating: 9.5/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Some artists come along and fade as fast as they seemed to rise.  Juliet Simms has decided to take charge and make sure that her fans know she is still around and still relevant.  Casting aside labels and industry, she has independently released a six-track EP and it rocks.  Title track “All Or Nothing” opens the disc and lets Juliet cut loose with a pop-punk sensibility that takes on a rock feel with an anthemic chorus.  The vocals at the verse comes at you and has a cool sound, especially when the bridge kicks in.  “Mystified” has a great vibe and groove from the first note.  The music is solid and supportive, but the real star on this track is the vocal.  Simms seems to growl, coo, and sing her ass off from the first verse, through the chorus, and the bridge.  “End Of The World” brings a softer touch to the short collection, but this isn’t your typical ballad – the vocals soar through the chorus, but take on a richer sound when Juliet lets her rasp lightly dance across the verse and chorus.

“Evangeline” has a classic feel from the moment the vocal kicks in.  This comes off as an update to The Eagles “Witchy Woman” during the verse, but quickly morphs into a cool rocker at the chorus.  “Not Broken Yet” is a cool rocker that takes a lighter road, with a chugging beat and great acoustic guitar in the background.  When the verse shifts to chorus, the band kicks in and gives this song an edge that grabs you and forces you to take note.  Simms’ friend Andy Biersack joins the fray and supplies a cool duet at the bridge and closing chorus that gives the song and disc a different feel, due to the contrasting sound of their voices.  “Before It Rains” opens with Juliet dueting with a chugging guitar.  Soon the drums and bass join the fun and bring this song to another level.  The chorus features a killer vocal from Simms that is one of the better on the disc.  Listen carefully for some fun piano/keyboards buried at the bridge and closing chorus.  The pop/punk/rock vibe of this track prompts you to restart the disc for another spin (or two)…





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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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  1. Sharon says:

    OMG cant believe Juliet’s song “All or Nothing” is such a rip off of Simple Plan’s song “When I’m Gone”! :0 Thats to tacky and desperate. Ripping off true artists songs is NOT the way to make it in the industry!

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