"Electric Parlor" (Smooch City; 2015)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

There are a million influences to be found on Electric Parlor's self-titled album. I hear everything in the band's music from hints of ZZ Top to Led Zeppelin to Jimi Hendrix and much, much more. Electric Parlor gives their own spin to those influences, of course, modernizing them just a bit and blending in a sound of their own.

Vocalist Monique Alvarez has a set of pipes that sounds a lot like the legendary Janis Joplin, and she uses them to full effect. When she sings about pain, you can feel her pain. When she sings with joy, it's right up there in front. Her amazing voice on top of the band's impressive music makes for a engrossing combination.

With the exception of "Young Blood," the only track on the CD that kind of lost me (probably my fault more than anything else; the track was too slow for my liking), I enjoyed Electric Parlor's self-titled CD from beginning to end.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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