Title - 'Fire and Gasoline'
Artist - Lee Aaron
For those not in the know, Lee Aaron (actually born Karen Lynn Greening) is a Canadian rock and even yes, some times jazz singer (she began exploring jazz and blues in 1997). She had several hits in the 1980s and early 1990s such as 'Metal Queen', 'Whatcha Do to My Body' and 'Sex with Love,' and since 1982's debut The Lee Aaron Project (on Freedom Records) to 2016's just-released Fire and Gasoline (on Big Sister Records) she has released (via original material and compilations) 16 full-length albums to date.
The aforementioned new album, Fire And Gasoline sees a resurgent, revitalized and energized Lee Aaron re-emerging into the rock 'n' roll world with an album that is sophisticated, thought provoking, sublimely entertaining and a whole lot of rockin' fun! Her vocals are spot on, her passion for singing, for the love of the lyric as abundant as, quite possibly, ever, and her choice of tracks for this "comeback" is near perfect.
We kick it all off with the brilliant rock romp of 'Tom Boy' "I like to wear my boyfriends belt nice and low, I'm more like Greta Garbo than Marilyn Monroe" which is backed by both the funky guitar vibe of the title track 'Fire And Gasoline' and then the frenetic 'Wanna Be.' The country-tinged storytelling of youth on 'Bittersweet' is next and that's followed by the mid-tempo rocker 'Popular,' and then the slow Texas stomper '50 Miles.'
'Bad Boyfriend' is next, but it's the 80's sounding soft rock track 'Heart Fix' that truly embodies the brilliance of this album. You see, Aaron can not only still rock out with the boys, with herself, but can slide so damn easily into all forms of rock today that it's as if she never went away. At ease singing a ballad, a rocker, a mid-tempo storytelling moment, or simply flirting back into the 80's, Aaron is truly still at the top of her game.
The mid-tempo, gentle guitar work of 'Nothing Says Everything' is next, and that is backed by another 80's-tinged beauty, 'If You Don't Love Me Anymore.' The album, sadly, then comes to a close with the uptempo ballad 'Find The Love,' a track that simply showcases Lee Aaron, once again, just perfectly.