Gary is back with his review of the month and he is looking at Ren Harvieu's 'Through The Night'
Women seem to have the edge in the music world right now, with the likes of Adele, Rumer and now Ren Harvieu (pronounced Harview).
In fact Ren sounds a little like Rumer in places, so if you love her latest album, Boys Don't Cry, you're bound to like 'Through The Night' , especially the balld @ Holding ON' which is a dead-ringer.
Whereas Rumer seems to evoke the sound of the seventies, this album has some big sixties influences. Album opener 'Tonight' wouldn't have sounded at all out of place if it were released in 1965, the vocal sounds like a gutsy Dusty, and wouldn't sound out of place on a Bond soundtrack ! 'Dancing On Her Own' is pacier and very sixties again. Both of the (so far released) singles, 'Through The Night' and the latest, 'Open Up Your Arms' are very radio-friendly and should have helped her reach out to a wider audience. There are a few tracks here that seemed to merge into one though - 'Do Right By Me' & 'Love Is A Melody' seemed to wash right over me.
'Walking In the Rain' has a great chorus and once again sounds very retro, and would make a great third single.
This probably doesn't carry the across-the-board appeal of Rumer's albums, but it's a promising start, and Ren will, I'm sure be lined up alongside the great female singers we remember from this era.
Gary's verdict: I give this album 3 out of 5