Ladies of the Canyon – “Diamond Heart” (2013)

Label: Warner Music Canada

Review by Tony Cannella

It’s time to deviate a little from the norm of what we usually cover here at Femme Metal. The all female band Ladies of the Canyon hails from Canada and they play roots rock with a definite country vibe. If nothing else it shows how vast the female fronted musical genre is and can be. The band released their debut album “Haunted Woman” in 2010 and now without further adieu, lets delve into their sophomore release, “Diamond Heart”.

“Diamond Heart” is 49-minutes worth of roots-y rock music with a definite country influence as I mentioned above. The album ebbs and flows flawlessly and there is no doubt that these ladies have mastered their craft to perfection. Overall this is a quality musical output from the opening of the excellent “You and All Your Famous Friends” to the closing number “Alameda, 1947”, Ladies of the Canyon brings back a 70s vibe and give it their own current twist. One of the more memorable songs here is their cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Babe, I’m gonna Leave You”. The band stays true to the original whilst still putting their unique stamp on the track. Songs like “The Change”, “Black Water” and “Diamond Heart” have a laid back vibe, but are intense in their own way as well as passionate and heart-felt slices of pure country/rock.

“Diamond Heart” by Ladies of the Canyon is an album with much mainstream potential and I have the feeling that we have not heard the last from this band. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is only the beginning. “Diamond Heart” is an album that gets into your soul and stays there.

Rating – 83/100

 

Tracklist

  1. You and All Your Famous Friends
  2. The Change
  3. Let’s Take the Night
  4. Black Water
  5. Diamond Heart
  6. Two Moons
  7. Dear John
  8. People of the Sun
  9. What We Had (Featuring Max Kerman of Arkells)
  10. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
  11. She Crossed the River
  12. Alameda, 1947

 

Line Up

  • Maia Davies – Guitar & Vocals
  • Jasmine Bliele – Guitar & Vocals
  • Anna Ruddick – Bass
  • Tara Martin – Drums

 

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