Artist: Antoinette Michael Thornes
Overall Album Vibe:
Antoinette Michael Thornes started early playing a guitar her professional guitarist father had given her. She sung in high school and college mostly in cover bands along with some off-Broadway roles. It all came to a crashing stop though after she experienced a crushed larynx. Even though she couldn’t sing she continued to write music with the hope that one day she would sing again. Five years later, after a successful surgery, she got her wish and was able once again to start singing in 2011.
Her debut release, ‘Issues, ‘ features songs written by Antoinette that deal with loss, love, being an overcomer and inner strength. Musically the album features a mix of soulful, mostly rock based tracks. That mix probably comes from her early years spent hearing her dad listening to rock groups like, Cream, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones while her mother listened primarily to soulful Motown artist.
The track, “For Keeps,” starts things off with its big electric guitar and strong drum beats style. Antoinette vocals wrap around each note played with a rock n’ roll fiery edge. “Falling Down,” is a hard driving rock anti-war, while not anti-solider, track. “Detroit Hustle,” is one of the album’s less serious fun tracks. It’s one of those driving in your car on a warm summer night with the pedal to the metal songs. The last song I want to mention is the closing track, “When It’s Raining,” that offers up a change of pace jazz/blues mix.
Review Tagline: It was lucky for all of us that Antoinette Michael Thornes was able to regain her singing voice so that she had an outlet to share all of the great songs that she’s written.
Standout Tracks: “For Keeps”, “Falling Down”, “Detroit Hustle”, “When It’s Raining”,
Review by C.W. Ross