Over the years we’ve seen rock & singer/songwriter music slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish & highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” & I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, & Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference, but not everyone is amused. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something raw, something that’s pushes the envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t leave it soul at the door. Something that doesn’t sound like Nikelback, Daughtry or Lifehouse.
So across my desk slides the new CD by Utah’s own Arienette entitled “The Hardest of Fights” and what I heard put a smile on my face. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a nice folksy feel. Arienette reminds me of a modern day Natalie Imbruglia, Lisa Loeb with maybe a hint of Nora Jones and even Sara McLaughlin. You will also hear a side of Power Pop, Americana and Classic Folk. If you like the above bands you should definitely check out this CD. My favorite track is probably a toss up between “Something Good” and “These Nights” I would recommend Arienette go get herself band to back her up both on tour and in the studio. Many amazing artists like (Joni Mitchell, Edie Brickell) did this and it was a prelude to the best years of their career. CD is available on CD BABY and can be downloaded on I — Tunes.
“The Hardest of Fights” by Arienette is clearly a solid release with many feel grooves with a pleasant singer/songwriter persona that is just a pleasure to listen to. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years — before everything started sounding like — well Nikelback.
By: Michael Morrison[Rating: 4/5]