Friday, January 16, 2015

CD Review: Ella Henderson Releases Her First "Chapter" And Lunden Reign Look For An "American Stranger"

From across the pond comes the debut album from U.K. pop star Ella Henderson. Her Columbia Records album was released on January 13th and the lead single "Ghost" is a top 10 single on iTunes and it already went platinum in the U.K. and Australia. The new album entitled "Chapter One" begins with the single "Ghost," which is pop music mastery. It has the perfect chorus to get stuck inside your brain as the music is energetic and fun. The beats in "Empire" and "Mirror Man" are so addictive that the minute you hear the song, you want to go back for more. The song "Glow" is a youthful anthem, while the ballads "Yours"  and "Hard Work" sound like the second coming of Adele as Ella's vocals just soar with strength and authority. The album closes with the dance/pop build-up of "Rockets" and the mellow solo piano performance of "Missed." To find out more about rising star Ella Henderson, please visit ellahenderson.co.uk.

From Mission Viejo, CA comes the debut album from Lunden Reign entitled "American Stranger." Their music is self-described as "big band prog rock" as lead singer Nikki Lunden's voice is a hard rock version of Sheryl Crow and Blondie. The new ten song release begins with the aggressive "Love In Free Fall," then moves on to a more "pop rock" feel for "The Savage Line" as Lunden's voice excels. Their sound could definitely catch the mainstream rock market with "Hush & Whispers," while the title-song "American Stranger" has a more country rock appeal. The band's progressive rock sound comes through in the songs "Mary" and "When Love Lies," before closing with the big vocal force of Nikki Lunden on "It's About Time." To find out more about the new album "American Stranger," please visit lundenreign.com.

1 comment:

Lunden Reign said...

Thank you Jim (JP) for the wonderful review, we truly appreciate it. I hope we can get out your way this summer and do a show in Meriden and/or Hartford and get a chance to meet you! It looks like a beautiful area and so much greener than LA! - Lora & Nikki of Lunden Reign