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I had never heard of Hudson Valley, New York-based singer Willa Vincitore (previously Willa McCarthy) before but right from the opening notes of the romping up tempo blues ‘Love Looks Good On Me’, with its excellent vocal, gospel styled chorus, blaring horns, sharp guitar and rollicking rhythm section, I knew I would want to hear more. Nor did this album disappoint: ‘Stop Drop And Roll’ brings the funk forward, ‘Hooked On You’ harks back to classic soul, and ‘Hey Little Sister’ is dirty blues-rock with its heavy riffing and fierce break by guitarist Chris Vitarello, and some fine wailing blues-harp by Willa’s former boss Chris O’Leary (a long-time member of Levon Helm's Barn Burners Band) backing up a powerhouse vocal by Willa.
This variety of styles continues throughout the album, from the jazz-tinted soul ballad of the title track, the slinky ‘Say What’ and the folky singer-songwriter style of ‘Caroline’ to the slide driven R&B strut of ‘Mama Needs Some Company’, the jazzy ‘Opposite Of Lonely’ (particularly the trumpet playing of Reggie Pittman) and the closing, Delta styled guitar and vocal of ‘Demons’. As I say, I came to this not really knowing what to expect – but I am already looking forward to the follow-up.
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