The moment I hit the play button, I knew I’d enjoy this album. Those rustic, heaving guitar riffs always draw me in. Adilita’s first track Annihilate Baby is a winning mix of indie-esque vocals, with a nod to some of those trailblazing female rock gods of a bygone era (I’m thinking Blondie) and solid guitar work. Interestingly, Adalita supported Blondie and The Pretenders in 2010 – the same year she released her EP Hot Air.
As the rest of the album unfolds, there’s no doubt that Adalita is an accomplished musician whose talent has improved with age. The album’s first single Warm like you is melodic and earthy. There’s something about Adalita’s mix of vocals and guitar which leave you confused as to whether you’ve heard a rock song or a pining love song. And it’s no wonder – as I pore through the lyrics, nearly every song is a story of lost love. Perhaps a tribute to her former lover and Magic Dirt bandmate Dean Turner who died at 37 four years ago?
The drums and bass are pared right back on this album. And it sounds to me that Adalita’s voice has softened a little since her Magic Dirt days. Her guitarwork, though remains unmistakeable.
My favourite track on the album is Blue Sky. It has elements of Aussie legends, The Church, strong lyrics and a heavier feel than other songs on the album.
Adalita plays this Saturday at The Coolangatta Hotel.