Those who are familiar with the syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage will understand the sound this album Slinging Beauty by Ladies of brings by the time this sentence is finished. Those who don’t know the show are in for a wild ride. This album is awesome.
The twelve tracks were written over twelve months to be the songs that represent the best work the band can bring to the table. I would say that they have completely hit their target. Slinging Beauty, was released in late February of 2018. It carries a quick paced energy and confidence that makes it a reward to listen to. The band set out to bring their best before recording, and the attention to detail and dedication is incredibly apparent.
The song “Puts Up A Front” rides a guitar riff, and a short burst vocal pattern, while simultaneously building with the drums and the guitars. Background singers come to the aid of the bridge before the band launches back into their powerful riff driven frenzy. The song has a heavy grit to its spirit, incredibly determined to kick ass and keep kicking more ass. The ass kicking continues with “Make Up Your Mind,” a few tracks later in the album. The riff is a little slower, but still as powerful. The vocals are more drawn out, but they don’t take away from the power of the shorter delivery from earlier. The song shows the versatility of the group to accomplish their sound while changing the elements that are at the core of their songs.
It’s hard to just toss a genre and say that it exactly defines the The Ladies of. Elements of blues, hard rock, electronic music, vocal pop and classic rock can all be heard in the music. The album is enjoyable and is a good listen for an evening-in with a set of headphones, or for driving with a friend and having the music on underneath the conversation. There’s enough difference in the sound of the album that you can notice when songs change without having to be fully immersed in the listening. When you are fully immersed in the listening, the changes can be appreciated fully.
Slinging Beauty is a journey from start to finish of deep grooves and heavy hitters. The way the energy of the album flows could not have been decided on any better. There are ups and downs, fast songs and slow songs and all the songs are stellar.
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