Imagine an American version of Peter Murphy singing lead with Patti Smith supplying backing vocals while a rock-solid band backs them up, and you might come close to describing the sound of Miami's longtime favorite Black Janet on this self-produced 6-song CD. The band, originated in 1990, has achieved a distinct measure of success despite a number of personnel changes. Founder / songwriter / singer / guitarist Jim Wurster has kept his vision alive and the result has been numerous accolades from fans and press alike, including a Jammy for their last album, 1992's Love Thirsty. The bands current line-up includes Wurster, singer Amy Baxter, guitarist Rose Guilot, drummer Frank Binger, and bassist David Paul. With She, Black Janet once again stands to get a good deal of attention. The six-song EP features four tracks penned by Wurster and one song apiece from Baxter and Guilot. The material covers familiar Black Janet themes like emotional and sexual tension, but this disc displays a maturing of the band and a definite settling into their own. The Hauntingly beautiful 'She,' from which this release gets it's title, starts off this release-and should be a big radio hit, that is, if everything was just and fair in the world of music. The lead guitar playing throughout is very tasteful and melodic in it's understated use, which is primarily to accent specific parts of each song. A dark, almost 'gothic,' quality permeates the entire CD, but isn't overbearing nor heavy-handed at all. Major label quality both in the packaging and the sound can be found here. If the rest of the band's repertoire is a's good as these six songs, expect them to get signed to a major label deal in the very near future!
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