Life is a funny old thing, when at its best it usually throws some stunning surprises at you. I have been awaiting news of the next release by Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham for some time now. This incredibly creative pair has already made a strong mark in the music world. Once again, Doris is collaborating with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham, guitarist of rock/metal band Primary Slave, this time using an array of musicians to contribute to the progressive sound. Doris is the daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album ‘The Fire Sermon’ in 1991. Combine all of this with the delightfully driven husky vocals delivered with true inimitable style and then you may get an inkling of what to expect. Do not be fooled and expect the unexpected as Upside Down World will take you on a sumptuous journey through a musical kaleidoscope lasting about 48 minutes. This album both explores and showcases a plethora of musical facets, Upside Down World is a thrilling ride.
From the start of this album, beginning with the outstanding cover art by surrealist Igor Morski, this album nails you down and spins you around. Upside Down World kicks off with a deliciously raunchy track, “The Devil Closed The Door On Me” which pushes Doz’s incredible vocals to a variety of limits and is a hard hitting dynamically delightful tongue in cheek rock track. Every time that I hit the play button this album stops me in my tracks, it is beyond belief and utterly irresistible. “The Devil Closed The Door On Me” is a magnificent introduction to Upside Down World. Release date April 20th.
All fans and followers of Doris Brendel should know to expect the unexpected. After the drive and adrenaline of the opening track a 45 second link track throws a delightful curveball at you and puts any expectations into perspective.
Adored instantly reminds me of one of Doris Brendels previous releases, ‘The Last Adventure’. It is a beautifully flowing gentle track filled with haunting vocals and flowing melodies leading to “Slap Me And You Die”. This track rocks out with panache and style creating a gargantuan soundscape which is truly irresistible. This links ever so sweetly into Accessorise which is a track that has a slight pop edge to it, very reminiscent of Doris and Lees previous release Not Utopia. “Tumbling Away” then takes you into another musical journey where everything and anything is possible and this flows sweetly onto and into “A Little Act Of Defiance” which fires you into another deliciously rocking aural orbit.
After this you are drawn into Upside Down World. This track, in context to the album, is beautifully retrospective and leads onto “Still Running” which carries you through the musical looking glass on a scintillating melodic voyage which leads to “Life Is A Mushroom”. This diverse dynamo and funky track puts all expectations in perspective. It closes this musical journey in true party style.
If I had to sum up Upside Down World in on word I would use phenomenal, I have just placed it on top of the list for ‘album of the decade’. Need I say more, Upside Down World creates a new benchmark in modern rock.
You can hear tracks from Upside Down World in both of these podcast shows
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