Saturday, January 26, 2008

Review -- HUNTER VALENTINE -- The Impatient Romantic

Hunter Valentine
High Romance
This CD opens with the words “let's not be typical” the catch phrase to the lead cut Typical. To the credit of this Toronto, all-female trio, they do a creditable job of being unique.
Hunter Valentine is Kiyomi McCloskey, lead vocals and guitars; Adrienne Lloyd, bass and keyboards; and Laura Petracca, drums and backing vocals. The three meld together solidly both musically, and most importantly vocally, led by the solid voice of McCloskey.
Musically, Hunter Valentine is alternative rock, that wide ranging category which gives a band a ton of leeway musically. The trio does a nice job of not going so far into the alternative side of things to make themselves inaccessible to the average listener, but still adding enough twists to the rock roots to keep their overall sound fresh.
There are a number of killer cuts here, including the aforementioned Typical, Break This, Jimmy Dean and Wait and See. All 11 songs are written by the band, another plus in my books, and lyrically the girls do well on this their debut effort.
If you like your rock fresh, yet familiar,. Then Hunter Valentine should be a good fit. Check them out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.23, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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