"Heaven in this Hell" (Robo Records; 2013)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Orianthi is a great guitar player. She first came to notice as Michael Jackson's guitar player for his comeback tour, hand picked by Jackson himself. Her fame has gone beyond. "Heaven in this Hell" is her third disc. Her previous album, "Believe" was more hard rock than this one. "Heaven" has a bluesy feel with more emphasis on her prowess as an all around musician. She plays electric and acoustic evenly and her solos -- when she's plugged in -- are quite tasty. She also adds a country flavor to a few of her songs just to show her vast talent.

Orianthi has played guitar for and with a lot of well-respected and recognized musicians. At the time of this review, she is on tour with Alice Cooper - the first female guitarist that he's ever had in his band. This disc was produced by Dave Stewart, he is best know for his work with Eurythmics.

The disc ends with some solid rockers: "How Does That Feel" starts slow but it has a great solo to punch it up; "Filthy Blues" is just what you'd think it would sound like. It's got plenty of blues references about drinking, love lost and feeling low.

Five of the songs on this album were previously released on Orianthi's first EP "Fire" which was released in 2011.

For more information, check out: http://www.orianthi.com and http://www.facebook.com/Orianthi

"Believe" (Geffen; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Any guitar player that lists Steve Vai as an influence perks my ears. This is Orianthi's second disc and it was pushed back to coincide with Michael Jackson's movie "This Is It." Of course, the movie couldn't spawn the comeback tour that it promised but it did give Orianthi the exposure that helped everybody recognize her guitar talent. She has a rock tone with a bluesy sound. She sings with power and plays the gitfiddle with even more gumption than some might have thought.

"According to You" was the song that really put her on the map. She hails from Australia and started playing piano at age three and then gravitated toward the guitar at age six. She has played on stage with some recognizable names such as Steve Vai and Carlos Santana, and Orianthi has been named as the first female guitar player for Alice Cooper.

Orianthi can rip on the guitar with blistering solos; she also has a great voice so itís a double shot of her amazing talent. Speaking of Steve Vai, he appears on the song "Highly Strung" --  you can check out a vid of them exchanging licks on YouTube. There were a whole bunch of people helping her out on this disc but it's Orianthi's guitar playing that takes center stage. This disc started with 11 tracks but it was re-released with seven more tracks. It was called "Believe II."

For more information check out http://www.orianthi.com and http://www.facebook.com/Orianthi

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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