Shine

Breakthrough (Independent)

Sol17

By David Lilly

Did you ever get excited about the music you heard and just want to hug it?

Initially I found it disappointing that Sol17's Breakthrough EP plays about half as long as the band's previous, self-titled CD. After several listens, I remembered that's a good thing, at least for the band. Why? Three words: more music, please. The quality of Sol17's writing and songs has been maintained and/or improved. The Big Change is in the overall sound, which is much improved from that of the previous disc - much like going from AM to FM. Also, thankfully, Melissa Gaddie's vocals are far more audible this time, displaying just how good a singer she really is.

"Race Car" opens the disc, sounding like a vehicle tooling down the street on a clear day. Have a listen to some of the lyrics, though. "...at the edge of busting loose at my seams," suggests more than a little tension. Hmm, stormy emotional weather - a cathartic drive might hit the spot. Well, Gaddie did it again - introspection that is, with feeling.

"In & Out" comes across to me like Dressy Bessy playing in a downpour of young Jonathan Richman rain. In case that doesn't tell you much, this song is made of gorgeous singing to excitingly sluggish electric buzz saw blues. Did I mention wanting more? The remaining songs shall remain a mystery until you hear them. After hearing the first two, you'll likely want to hear them as well.

Hail, hail, the gang's all there at the band's website:www.sol17.net. Want to book them for a gig or offer feedback? info@sol17.net

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