Diana Rein and her band have some tasty guitar tones on these songs, which cover territory that’s familiar to all fans of the genre. Problem is, none of the tracks, and especially Rein’s own vocal performances, produce a whole lot of sweat. Somehow we don’t believe she feels deeply what she’s singing about. Instead, each recording comes off as sterile, more careful than confident––adequate instead of passionate. One area that should be developed is the material, which lacks dramatic arc. Too often the songs plod along without an effective bridge or breakdown to inject forward momentum. Nevertheless, we hear potential in her voice to one day summon the grit and emotion that’s expected of the blues.
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Diana Rein - "Down Down Down"