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The Great Escape

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There's so much sonic variety on Great Escape's self-titled album, it's difficult to know where to start in singing its praises. The hand-clapping joy expressed with "The Secret Song," however, is about as good a place as any. The track is further enhanced by Stanley Behrens' harmonica part, which gives it a bit of a Blues Traveler vibe. The song also features some wonderfully harmonized backing vocals.

Great Escape is a trio from Los Angeles, led by Amie Miriello's consistently expressive vocals. She can go from the power-pop-like singing of "The Secret Song," to something more along the lines of Peggy Lee with "I Want It All," which finds her sounding especially saucy. Guitarist Malte Hagemeister shines with the funky, bluesy electric guitar riff that drives "It's Getting Better," while the backing vocal on it sounds a little like vintage Bangles in their heyday. It's feel good music, simply put.

Speaking of vocals, "Let's Go" has a Beach Boys-esque grandeur in its vocal intro, which then gives way to a foot-stomping rock workout. The Great Escape has the ability to mix beautiful melodic elements with aggressive, 60s-influenced guitar rock trademarks. This is one fantastic album, and should be required listening for anybody on the lookout for the potential next-great-band.

The Great Escape
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