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Vicki Tetreault
Vicki Tetreault
(self-released)
www.vickitetreault.com


Sometimes it is just nice to hear a female vocalist who plays rock 'n' roll with the sassy power chords of Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, the bravado of Joan Jett, the operatic versatility of Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, and the pop subtleties of Natasha Bedingfield. Canadian singer-songwriter Vicki Tetreault has this all and showcases her vocal talents on her self-titled, self-released debut album. Produced by Giovanni Zappala and Eric D. Applebaum, Tetreault's album has the hard-rock perimeters of H.I.M. and the flowy soft rock massaging of Savage Garden. The multiple textures in the songs deepen their richness and make their craftsmanship very enjoyable like the exotic acoustic strumming on tracks like "Summer Of Our Love" and "Keep On Living" which accents the hard rock paradigms beautifully with Latin undertones. The songs show a lot of experimentation but always within the confines of being pleasing.

Tetreault gives her vocals a major workout making them as angelically soft as Courtney Jaye's delicate timbres and as operatic as Evanescence's Amy Lee's banshee howls which Tetreault displays effortlessly on the track "Butterfly." Every track is like the throw of the dice showing something new about Tetreault's vocals with different angling patterns in the power chords and orchestral textures. Her vocals have a drowning effect on the outro of "Summer Of Our Love" to simulate the message in the lyrics: "In the summer of our love/ Will it ever be." Tetreault's vocals slowly lose their grip on the love affair with a spiraling fade out effect. The following track "7 Spirits" has a wealth of haunting organ and guitar scrambles that project a Goth rock image along the rhythmic tremors, while songs like "Please Don't Say" and "Just Another Slap In The Face" have a straight hard rock magnetism reminiscent of Lacuna Coil as Tetreault pours out: "You caught me with my cheek unturned/ And my inner soul exposed" on the track "Just Another Slap In The Face." Her lyrical themes focus on the beauty and drama of being in a love affair which also adds to the songs operatic buds.

Tracks like "5ive Minutes," "Loving You" and "Eyes" have a modern pop slant similar to Natasha Bedingfield with juicy acoustic guitar rotations along the electric segments and even a harmonica-toned verses on "Eyes." Tetreault's vocals give these songs character and meaning as the chord changes make comfortable indentations for the listener's pleasure. The songs are designed for enjoyment as much as they are written to release lovelorn sentiments. She also does a fabulous job on the modern country numbers like "Lie To Me Tonight," "Marry Me" and "Cryin'" which possess a Patti Griffin-throttled voicing. The vocals penetrate the melodies like the branding of a hot iron. The ascending notes on "Crypt" take on an elevating feel while the hard rock flaunts on "Please Don't Say" portray a dark, brooding aura.

Vicki Tetreault's debut album has her fingers in many different palettes from modern country and pop to Goth rock and nu metal configurations and she sings beautifully through them all. She handled everything that was thrown at her like a seasoned professional. She curves her vocal melodies around the chord movements with the astuteness of an expert moving her singing from operatic to metal rock and country-pop with ease. She is the type of singer who inspires the singer in others.

-Susan Frances


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