Power of Metal.dk Review

Linda & the Punch
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 21 March, 2014
Playing time: 41:52

This album was produced by Michael Voss (Michael Schenker, Udo Lindenberg, etc) and some of the greatest international song writers have written the tracks for Linda & The Punch's debut album. They are Jeff Franzel (Taylor Dayne, NSync, Chuck Wicks), Steve McEwan (Robbie Willams, Foreigner, Eminem, James Blunt, Roger Daltrey), Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) and Tommy Denander (Paul Stanley, Swedish Teen Idol).

The vocalist Linda is a 21 years old female singer that has a voice like Pat Benatar or Pink and this is music in the light weight division of the Hard Rock genre. I use to call this power pop/rock. Very nice melodies and magnificent vocals. Lightweight rock n roll without clout, hardness, and potency with quite easy going choruses. I have difficulties with this in matter of fact. There is a certain lack of heavy guitar hooks, no driven drumming or anything extra on top of Linda's nice and clean singing voice. The songs are all in the comfort zone and I've a hard time to sort them out, because many songs sounds similar.

But, there are a few tracks which attract me. 'Nothing of Anything' has a heavier sound and force that woke me up. 'Looking Out for Number One' is another song with something challenging in the rhythms and my right leg starts to move up and down. The catchy 'Kill the Lights' with some nice string works from Ralf, is the third song, which will be moved into my "save folder".

The albums closes with a cover of Patti Smith's monster hit 'Because the night'. If you are a fan of female fronted rock n roll and doesn't want a heavy and harsh sound, this is maybe something to check out. Not a bad album, but not really in my taste...

Linda & the Punch:
Linda - Vocals
Torsten Asemann - Bass and vocals
Tim Edler - Keys and vocals
Ralf Heyne - Guitars and vocals
Oliver Ross - Drums and percussion

01. What A Shame
Cold Cold World
Welcome To London
Wake Up Dreaming Of You
Nothing Of Anything
Looking Out For Number One
Kill The Lights
Lost Of Words
Love Kills Me
Because The Night
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 14 March, 2014
Website: www.escape-music.com