CD review ORIANTHI ‘O’

It shows the true class of a musician when cooperating with artists such as Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper. Orianthi Penny Panagaris, known as Orianthi, is such a musician. The Australian guitarist rehearsed in 2009 with Michael Jackson and also works with Alice Cooper for several years.

In addition to these engagements, Orianthi always finds time to pursue her solo career. ‘Violent Journey’ was Orianthi’s debut album, which was released in 2007. Two years later followed ‘Believe’ and later ‘Heaven in This Hell’.

After seven years, the Australian musician returns with ‘O’, her first solo album for Frontiers Music. Her newest longplayer consists of ten rock songs, showing that Orianthi is a songwriter and not “only” a brilliant guitarist. ‘O’ certainly benefits from Orianthi’s unique guitar signature sound, which supports each of the tunes, but it’s the song itself instead being in focus instead of fading away into endless solo parts.

The album contains very good music, which starts with the powerful opener ‘Contagious’ and ends with ‘Moonwalker’ in a really good place. Despite all musical perfection, the album lacks the final spark to ignite an enormous rock firework. Songs like ‘Sorry’ are surely better than most of what ends up on the turntables these days, and yet it doesn’t take your breath away. I have to admit that this is high-quality critique and ‘O’ is without any doubt a very entertaining rock album from which a little bit more could have been expected.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Contagious
  2. Sinners Hymn
  3. Rescue Me
  4. Blow
  5. Sorry
  6. Crawling Out of the Dark
  7. Impulsive
  8. Streams of Consciousness
  9. Company
  10. Moonwalker

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hard Rock

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2020

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