EP REVIEW: Roxy Randle - Little Victory
By Cyrus Rhodes - 10/10/2012 - 11:24 PM EDT
Artist: Roxy Randle
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Album: Little Victory - EP
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Sounds Like: Jewel, Nora Jones, Trish Yearwood
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: You don’t know a Thing About Love
Weakness: EP Release
Nashville based Indie Singer/Songwriter Roxie Randle celebrates an exciting and hard won “Little Victory” which just so happens to be the title of her latest EP.
The EP takes flight with “You don’t know a Thing About Love” an impressive intro groove that serves up hooky vocal groove against driving rock rhythm and well placed vocal accents and harmonies from Randle. Track 2 “Going Nowhere” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its catchy vocal vibe, impressive slide guitar accents, against smooth melodic accents from Randle and company. Track 3 October Rain” is a slow moving melody with heartfelt vocals from Randle that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. The production quality is world class and the musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like Hammond organ and keyboard accents, piano, slide guitar, slamming guitar chops, solos and lush harmonies layered everywhere. The rhythm section pushes the natural accents well. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together. Now turning our attention over to Randle - as for her vocal abilities it works extermely well within the confines of this catalog. Her falsetto is to die for. I suspect some of her vocal influences are – Jewel, & Nora Jones just to name a few. What I like about her voice the slight vulnerability and innocence she gives off - but with touches of wisdom throughout. Her vocal delivery is pure, sincere and cannot be faked. I might add she takes some impressive vocal risks along the way indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. This EP from Randle delivers 5 compelling tracks all is providing an interesting snapshot and thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting, pure, and positive. From grooving “Learning to Fly” and heartfelt “You Were Wrong” the perfect finale statements for an EP like this - "Little Victory" has something for everyone.
I typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. The full length release is a more complete snapshot to judge an artist by.
From start to finish “Little Victory” is an impressive collection of music from Roxie Randle. The music is highly passionate, uplifting and extremely entertaining. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalog is rock solid and extremely consistent. The writing and playing abilities of Roxy Randle and her band are rock solid, the melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the vocal pressence and overall enteratinemnt persona of Roxie Randle is to die for - even in a palce like Nashville, TN.
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