WHEN YOU CAN FLY
On Ramp Records
Oh Wow! Victoria Banks has a voice which says star with every note. Impressive from the first strains of The Wheel, throughout the 11 cuts on When You Can Fly.
It only takes one listen to the disk to know this Canadian is special.
It’s no surprise to learn Banks’ debut album made her the most nominated female artist of 2009 with six from the Canadian Country Music Association; Female Artist of the Year, Rising Star, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Banks is a country singer, and is following in the footsteps of the best in Canada from Michelle Wright to Terri Clark. As good as those two ladies have been and are — I am a huge Wright fan — Banks may well be destined to be better than both. I’ve been at this review game a lot of years now, and I can’t recall a Canadian female singer who has impressed more with a disk than this lady.
What makes this disk even more outstanding is that Banks has had her hand in writing every song.
There are some killer cuts her including This Old Halo, Long Gone Train, the tile cut When You Can Fly, and Back to the River. All are worthy of radio play.
Jason Blaine adds male vocals on Don’t Leave the Leavin’ and it’s a great touch to the disk. He clicks nicely with Banks.
Now there is one hiccup here. The poppy little word play segments of Kiss Me are frankly annoying, and shave a half point off the overall rating. With such poise shown on the rest of the recording, it’s too bad she slipped into the silly cliches approach on this one.
Still one bump is not enough to not recommend this CD highly. Get in on the ground floor of a rising Canadian country star.
Check her out at www.victoriabanks.net
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 16, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada