Lantana - Unbridled
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
take their name from a Lonestar State flower. That flower, colorful,
attractive, one which grows to its potential when exposed fully
to the elements, is Lantana. Like their flowering namesake, this
band comes set to bloom. With their debut, Biz Haddock, Karol
Ann DeLong and Dalene Richelle have industry interest growing
for the ladies who claim their toughest trait is friendship.
“We laugh. We
cry. We pull each other along,” tells Haddock. “We were
three strangers who are now three friends; we’ve become
spirit works well across their BGM Records release, Unbridled.
For the trio who collectively offer the eye-pulling similarity
of models on a cat walk, the 13 tunes, which includes the radio
favorite “Country As A City Girl Can Be”, is a classy effort
of finger-tappers, soft shuffles, tunes with a thoughtful prod,
and some good ol’ cut loose revelry.
With a diverse
range of interests -- the ladies include sculpting, song
writing, painting, exercise and family and friends among their
priorities – their music, also, enjoys variation, drawn from
musical heroes like Tanya Tucker and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Another
bonus on the album is a surprise. The ladies share lead vocals.
It’s further proof of Lantana’s diversity.
As City Girl Can Be” and the banjo-plucked vibe of the band
written tune "The Juice Ain't Worth a Squeeze" will
have the crowds dance floor headed, there are some other
standout cuts that’ll claim interest, too.
Cowboy” and “I Ain’t Your Jailer” offer slower
reflections. But it’s on the thought-hitting reality of
“Give” that listener introspection and the band’s ability
to sell the content meld. Perfectly. The song, rocky and
spirited, is a ready made evangelist’s banner: don’t look to
what you can take, rather, what you can put back. It’s a tune
that calls into question the vagaries of what we know but never
“Savin’ It Up
For Saturday Night” explodes with predictable force, given the
title. ‘No Trespassin’, with the opening giggle of “Well,
I went looking for you at some honky tonk bar, caught you with
your hand in someone else’s cookie jar” leads into a shuffle
that tells life is better when you get to experience
“Everything”. “You Know How It Is” is a rollicking band
call, with the girls letting loose in rowdy chorus, while “Let
Somebody Love You” is an inviting truth, handled with crafted
soft-soaking that ensures the message doesn’t fade.
Lantana lives up
to their claimed namesake. They’re vibrant, attractive, and
with enough charm and interest to warrant a second, no, a third
look. The album is a pleasing blend of ballads, thigh-slappers
and good rockin’ country. It’s sure to blossom when planted
on release date September 5.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!
Country As A City Girl Can Be
2: Ride ‘Em Cowboy
3: I Ain’t Your Jailer
4: The Juice Ain’t Worth The Squeeze
5: No Trespassin’
7: You Know How It Is
8: Let Somebody Love You
10: Roll With The Changes
11: Savin’ It Up For Saturday Night
12: What Turns Me On
13: Feel Like Rockin’
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