Vanity BLVD – Wicked Temptation by Mattias Nilsson

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Noisehead Records
Released: 2014

Vanity Blvd - Wicked Temptation album cover
Vanity BLVD – Wicked Temptation album cover
Band line-up:

Anna Savage: Vocals
Traci Trexx: Guitar
Pete Ash: Bass
Gebb: Drums

Tracklistings:

01. Dirty Rat
02. Miss Dangerous
03. Do or Die
04. Hot Teaser
05. Had Enough
06. Soulshaker
07. Scream Out
08. Thrills in the Night
09. Falling Down
10. Desperate Heart
11. Dirty Action

Review:

You know what they say about imitation and flattery, right? Well, Sweden’s own Vanity BLVD is a prime example of hitting the nail on it’s proverbial feather-haired head. Tbh, I’m far from up to date on the genre, but I know a fine tune when I hear it, and this album is chock-full of ’em. Press play on tape, and you’re instantly transported back to the grand era of glam rock in the very best and worst parts of LA county.

Even though it’s far from a new-fangled idea, fronting a band with a female tends to get my attention more than most other bands, simply because it can provide with an extra dimension to the music, and VB is making the most of their vocalist. I’m not one for comparing bands, since it can often end up with the band one is reviewing being labeled a copycat or thought to be influenced by an artist only the reviewer thinks of. Alas, I can not help but think of the mighty Halestorm, and even though they are more in-yer-face than VB, the similarities of the vocals does make me think they’d pair up nicely on a bill.

As far as my having a fave track on the album, Id’ have to give my vote to “Do or Die” with it’s potentially ear-shatteringly singalong-friendly chorus and a really heavily driven main riff through the entire song. There are, sadly, a few tunes I could do without, such as the rather stereotypical cock-rocking “Hot Teaser”, which is just a tad over-ladened with clichés to make the cut of being more than a once-over for the sake of reviewing the album in it’s entirety. But they immediately more than make up for it with “Had Enough”, which features a no-holds-barred riff which could just as easily been on any multi-platinum selling Aerosmith album (and yes, I just dated myself immensely). This little gem is sure to set a fire on any stage the band might be on, and once again they deliver a very crowd friendly chant in the chorus.

Over all, my advice to the band is to try and trim the fat on next album, since this one is just a little to much filler material, but keep writing songs like “Do or Die” and “Desperate Heart” (the second half of the song is pure bliss), and you’ll have a fan in me for sure.

Review by Mattias Nilsson

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