Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- LIZ MANDEVILLE -- Red Top

RED TOP
Liz Mandeville
Earwig Music
7.5-out-of-10
I have a soft spot for gals that can play the blues. It seems the scene is dominated by the male voice, so when a gal can wail the blues, it's a treat.Liz Mandeville, a Chicago-based blues singer fits the bill nicely.Mandeville can find that blues growl when she needs to. It comes to the forefront on a song such as Dog No More.Red Top is also interesting in as much as Mandeville offers up 15 songs, all material she has written herself. That always adds an element to a blues CD because they are new songs the listener gets to hear and evaluate.Of course we should expect a level of maturity in the approach Mandeville takes to her music when you consider that Red Top is her fourth effort on the Earwig Label. An artist should grow through the experience of four studio albums, and listening to Mandeville here, you get that she knows what she is doing.There are some killer cuts here, such as My Baby's Her Baby Too, arguably the best cut on the album.Other songs of note are So Smart Baby, Scratch the Kitty, and the slower-paced Hold Me.That said this CD is really very solid from top to bottom, from the lively title cut which leads off the album through to Little Queen, which wraps up the blues tour here.A very nice effort that blues fans will appreciate.You can check out the CD at www.lizmandeville.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 10, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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