sophomore album of Kara Suzanne titled, Parlor
Walls, is a very creative, relaxed, sometimes upbeat
with a taste of country selection which really
caught my attention. Her first CD was received with
much critical acclaim. Reviews from most Indie,
singer songwriter mags and websites were all
positive. I discovered some of Suzanne's songs on
the No Depression website. The mp3s she posted there
really sounded good, so I sent her an e-mail and she
got back to me. Suzanne originally said she was not
going to release any CDS, just mp3s and vinyl. Later
on she decided to do a run of CDs, and I'm glad,
cause I could really give it a good listen for a
I like to hear something that has an original touch
to it, full of quality and that's what you get with
Suzanne's Parlor Walls. Sometimes, it's like
you are entering into another era. Suzanne's band,
the Gojo Hearts are Jordan Scannella on bass, David
Cien on keyboards, Steve Lewis on guitar, Bill Mead
on drums. Kara Suzanne sings vocals and plays the
acoustic guitar. Parlor Walls is very well
produced and recorded by Bryan Pugh in an old church
, turned studio by a lake in New York state.
Suzanne is an excellent song writer and her band is
very serious about making the disc work. There are
YouTube videos about the making of the album.
They really look like they are having fun in the
My favorites are her upbeat country rockers and
Steve Lewis is an excellent guitarist, he really
plays some nice country flavored licks. On "Doses",
Lewis' guitar really takes off and the piano is
awesome on this track.
"General Henry" is more of an alt/rocker with some
hot guitar. On "A Little Spin" you get some retro
sounding country with excellent slide guitar by
Lewis, great piano too. "Not Doin" is a real fast
paced rockabilly type number, Suzanne's vocals are
excellent here and Lewis takes off on some great
lead guitar. By the way, this whole recording has a
live feeling to it, very few overdubs.
Another song I really like is "Eyes Wide Open", an
upbeat country/rocker that is upbeat and real tight,
this group plays as one. The CD ends with "Wake Up
With Me" , a great country/rocker that has a really
nice texture to it. Some real nice backup vocals on
this song, horns added to this track give a real
retro feel to the song.
This record will be out on mp3, vinyl and some CDs.
Well, my suggestion for you, if you are likin' what
I am talkin' about, go check out her website below
and see if you like any of her mp3 samples.
Personally, I think you will!