Monday, August 6, 2012

CD Review: New Debut Albums From Belle Histoire And Rusted Pearls

Alternative rock band Belle Histoire just released their full-length debut album “Dreamers” and are currently embarking on a tour with Chidos and Tallhart. The album begins with “Don’t Run Away” as you instantly get attached to Jane Smith’s vocals. Her smooth, clear delivery gets enhanced by the wonderful music as in “Without You.” She portrays innocence in her voice in“Keep Your Heart,” before heading to the post-punk energy of “Kids.” The ballad of “We’ll Never Learn” is like a comfort blanket that makes you feel safe and cozy, while they expand their sound to a more Americana feel in “Ghost.” They show the edginess of their past releases in “My Dear,” before closing the album with the piano ballad “Home” which truly shows off Smith’s voice.

Belle Histoire hit the road on August 10 in Ohio before heading east. They will be performing at The Space in Hamden, CT on August 24. Their tour wraps up with a show on October 11 at the University of Kentucky’s Cats Den. For more information, please visit

European rock band Rusted Pearls released their debut EP last month entitled “Roadsigns.” The album was recorded at Saojo Studios in Italy and produced by Riccardo Asquini. On this album, the band pulls from all their influences including the Rolling Stones, Black Crowes and Ryan Adams to create some truly original music.

The album begins with “Free” which harkens back to early Ryan Adams solo, utilizing a raw, live rock sound without any overdubs to make it sound polished. Rusted Pearls rock on “Chilly Girl,” but the vocals never seem to take the song anywhere as they seem to be sung in the same tone, while “Home”shows more passion in the vocals. The album closes with the bar band, country rock of “Precious.”

The new album is available for preview on the band’s facebook page (

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