Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Review -- DIANA CATHERINE AND THE THRUSTY TWEETERS -- The Spirit Ranch Sessions

THE SPIRIT RANCH SESSIONS
Diana Catherine and The Thrusty Tweeters
Indie
8.5-out-of-10
Good Americana music does not mean it comes from the U.S., and Toronto’s Diana Catherine and The Thrusty Tweeters prove that.
The music here has that folky heart based on solid lyrics which generally tell stories. The songs are all written by Diana DiGiovanni (Catherine), and she has a knack for the genre. This lady can write folk/country/rock that resonates with the current day.
Vocally, Catherine is the strength of the album. The voice lands itself somewhere between country star, soft rock diva, and a folkie that reminds a bit of Sylvia Tyson with an amped up sound.
This is another band which seems to have a pretty steady handle on what they are about. “Ladies and Gents, this group of unruly characters will spin yer marbles, cause yer feet to tap, and provide a warm fuzzy feeling all over; Sonically described as “Northern” Americana, these Tweeters are very thrustable. These boys (Matt Blackie, Nic DiSanto and Kevin Robinson), led by the cutting intensity of Diana Catherine, are a family of travelin’, misfit, musical gypsies who always bring a party to town,” detailed information at their website; www.dianacatherine.com
As a complete package, The Spirit Ranch Sessions are just that — complete. Not every song is an out of the park home run. Some songs, such as Long Road, one of the rockier cuts, may only be a double, to extend the baseball metaphor, but when you mix it into an album with great songs like Blueberry Eyes and Come With Me Baby, you still have a superior effort.
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan 27, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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