Title - 'Unity'
Artist - Martina Edoff
After starting her career as a singer, recording and touring with multi-million selling hip hop artist Dr. Alban and the Swedish phenomenon E-Type, amongst others, Martina Edoff became a founding member of the double platinum selling glam metal band The Poodles.
After a few years break from the music scene Martina Edoff now returns as a solo artist with the classic rock she originally was born and raised for. And, as her brand new album Unity hopes to prove, Martina Edoff will soon become the new Nordic Queen of Rock!
Unity was recorded at the legendary Bohus Sound Studios in Sweden, whose long list of clients since the start thirty five years ago includes both ABBA and Status Quo (who recorded their hit album and best-selling single "Rockin’ All Over The World" in the same studio).
Add to that, Martina Edoff’s producer and sound engineer Tobias Lindell has previously recorded, mixed and produced bands such as Europe, Mustasch and Hardcore Superstar at Bohus Sound, and, well, you know you're in for one incredible, well-produced wall of hard rock sound!
I have to admit, I was looking forward to playing / listening to this new album, and boy, I was not let down. An old school 80's female rock lover, Edoff's voice fits perfectly within this genre. On the title track alone, "Unity," which is also a great song to kick off the album with, her melodic metal / rock tones are sweeping, graciously smooth throughout.
A lighter fare than Heart's Wilson sisters, but nothing as hard as, say Lita Ford or even Doro, the throught-provoking marital track "Never Let You Down" is backed by the first single from the album, ”The World Has Gone Mad.” Mixed by multiple Grammy award winning engineer and mixer, Justin Niebank, who in 2010 won a Grammy for Album of the Year for Taylor Swift’s close to 9 million copies selling album Fearless, and also has worked with Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, the track is a true stand out highlight, for me.
We continue onward with the ballad 'Spirit Of Light,' before the fast-paced 'Come Alive,' the mid-tempo 'I Am Mining,' and then both the 80's meltdown rock of 'Love Keeps Turning Away' and the rock ballad, 'Moment Of Truth.' The lyrics have a deeper, more personal meaning to Edoff, that's for sure, you can just feel them, but the power in the actual music is undeniably intense, meaningful also.
The uber tuneful rock out of 'Sound Of Thunder' is another great, truly GREAT rock track here and as the album comes to a close with 'This Love Is Crazy' and then, finally, the soaring 'Caught In The Middle,' you are very disappointed that the album is over! Or, you should be, for Unity is the album you want playing in your car today. Whether you are driving to work, stuck in traffic coming back home, or simply on your way to the to store, this album (no matter what season we are in) IS the ONLY album you should be listening to, trust me!