How good is it hearing a rock chick belt out a screamer of a track? It's primal, it's visceral and it's damn sexy no two ways about it. Men might have invented rock music, but it was the girls who bought the attitude and Dallas Frasca brings a tonne of attitude and sassiness to her new record Sound Painter. Frasca's second full length was recorded in a New York warehouse with famed Aussie Producer Andy Balwin (The Living End & Bjork) in tow. Her band add fire to the music behind her powerful vocal with low end blues grooves, tub thumping rhythms and some hard hitting riffs.
The record does a great job capturing Dallas' great live sound. The three piece chose to record live as a band with minimal takes and overdubs and what this does is allow the songs to flow organically. Musically, this record is steeped in Southern American blues and good old fashioned Aussie pub rock. The mix works so damn well. The songs are ballsy and suited to a live stage with a beer in hand. Lyrically, Frasca tackles themes of love and relationships but delivers them as a strong, independent woman who you get the impression this one gal you don't want to mess with!
Outstanding tracks on this album are "Hey Mama" with added female backing vocals to give it a hard cutting soul vibe with plenty of feisty attitude. Lead single "All My Love" is stomping rock track with muscle and "Anything Left To Wonder" is a high energy rocker with Dallas putting the boot to the face of adversities that have, at times plagued the act over the last few years. The anger and defiance is a fire that's well and truly ablaze in the belly of Frasca.
The album ends with a beautiful tribute to a friend in "Ain't No Fury". An acoustic number with country styled slide guitar. It's a nice way to simmer the pace down and close out a great record.
Review Score 7.6 out of 10