I don’t get many albums from Greek bands in my inbox so that alone was enough to intrigue me. About half way through “Leave Without Me” I realized I was listening to what would be the product of an Amy Lee (Evanescence) and Joan Jett (circa-The Runaways) vocal baby. Hell, even throw in a little Alanis Morissette because of tracks like “Hello”. Katerina Panopoulou’s voice has this demanding sort of power that’s tinged with a darkness that pretty much makes this album worth your time.
Shorter acoustic based songs like “Lyds” and “Imperfect” break up some of the ever familiar riffs. They sound comfortable for Panopoulou, as though they take her back to her time as a solo artist. I think that’s a lot of the problem. These are talented musicians that sound as though they’re comfortable playing everything by the book – like music students who get uneasy doing improv.
There are a few exceptions. “Hard” begins with a very psychedelic opening instrumental while “Warmer” brings a delicate piano to the forefront. If they can shake off the stiffness in their writing this band has the potential to gain major success. The vocals and lyrics are there, the band just needs to cut loose. The album is still worth a listen though, so check it out here:
RIYL: PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, Cat Power
2. Leave Without Me
3. Under The Skylight
9. If You Believe In Dreams
10. Too Late
Review by Alisha Kirby – HHM