Decadence - ‘Empty All Your Lead’ from their debut album Love Loud. Here is my review for the album!
“Jennifer Gadway and Katy Cole formed Decadence in 1999. They started out as a cover band, playing locally in the Adirondacks. After a brief hiatus, the two reunited and began collaborating on their own music. A true powerhouse duo, they often classify themselves as “Real women, singing real music.” Combining Gadway’s powerful country voice with Cole’s folk and blues influences, these two unique voices come together to create a sound that is fresh and original.
Recently, Decadence added to their sound for their debut album, adding Chris Schempp on lead guitar and Jeff Britton on drums. It was released on June 29th, 2012.”
Love Loud tracklisting:-
- Empty All Your Lead
- Me Generation
- All of the Cracks
- Inner Voice
- Bridge of Regret
- Scream for Me
- Love Loud
- Free, Right, 21
“Real women singing real music”. I couldn’t put it any better myself! As this is exactly the sound of this album. If I had to describe it by comparing them to other similar sounding bands/artists then I would ask you to imagine the Allman Brothers Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd being fronted by Gretchen Wilson and Susan Tedeschi. Sounds awesome, right?! If you’re a fan of country, rock or blues or even folk and strong female vocals then you will love this album.
The first track ‘Empty All Your Lead’ is a great opener and probably my favourite on the album. A great introduction, really showcasing their powerful vocals. A very catchy tune from the off, sets a high standard for the rest of the album to follow, which it does. The next track ‘Me Generation’ continues the upbeat, toe tapping, rocky feel of ‘Empty All Your Lead’ and includes some great harmonies. Then things get toned down with the mostly acoustic ‘All of the Cracks’, a great little track, perfect for a drive. Then come the ballads, ‘Inner Voice’ and ‘Bridge of Regret’. I’ve never been a massive fan of any sort of ballads but they fit in well with the album and are very well written. Back to another foot stomper ‘Scream for Me’ and then on to the title track ‘Love Loud’ with it’s rather haunting vocals, different from the rest of the album which I think is a good thing, mixes things up and then the album closes with ‘Free, Right, 21’ which, for me, is another stand out track and probably my second favourite song on the album.
Overall this is a great debut album, well written, well produced with some cracking classic songs. These are two very talented women! It’s a real grower, the more i’ve listened to it, the more I’ve liked it. Nothing essentially ground-breaking or new regarding the actual music but these women send out a great message and that’s important, especially to this blog. It’s all about the empowerment of women. We can write and perform damn good music just as well, if not sometimes better than our male counterparts. And this is also regardless of our views or how we look. ★★★☆☆ (and ½)
If you like ‘Empty All Your Lead’ then i’d strongly recommend you buy the album here!
Decadence have some shows coming up in New York so if you can get to one, don’t miss out!
I just want to thank Decadence for asking me to review their album, it’s a new thing for me and has been really exciting! =D I hope you like it!