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On disc: Joanna Dean

Misbehavin' (re-release) - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars



(YesterRock - 2012)

I remember when I first saw Joanna Dean on MTV and that I was blown away by her powerful bluesy voice. It's great that her Misbehavin' album is now re-released by YesterRock! She has a dash of Janis Joplin in her voice, musically they offer bluesy hard rock / heavy rock. They kicking off with Ready For Saturday Night, a powerful rocker with slide guitar elements. Some compared her with Bonnie Raitt, to me her vocals are closer to Melissa Etheridge, but perhaps it's a bit of both... At least at Kiss This it's more Melissa than Bonnie. It's a cool riff-based rocker. As Miss Dean is from Georgia you can hear her Southern rock roots, especially at the title track Misbehavin'. A track like I Miss The Money should have entered the charts back in the days.... The ballad Once Is Enough will please fans of Doro, but also fans of Ratt and Poison who like female vocals, should dig it. The Southern sound is back with Dirty Fingers, but well embedded in the late 80's hard rock á la Mötley Crüe. At Burnin' Rubber Miss Dean reminds me of Doro at Warlock times... It would have been interesting to see the two ladies rock the stage together... The closer is a cover, they choose Gimme Shelter from the Rolling Stones. And they make it sound like one of their own!

If Alannah Myles is too soft for you, give this one a try! If you like 80's hard rock with a Southern edge, then check out Joanna Dean! Glad, this one is available again!

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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