Consisting of Jenny Pagliaro (vocals) and Angela Petrilli (guitars, backup vocals), the two bonded quickly over shared musical interests in artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, and others.
Even a couple battles with breast cancer couldn’t keep Jenny out of the action, as the band released their self-titled debut album in 2015, and are set to release their second full-length album in the near future. In-between then and now, they’ve given us the wildly spirited and oft cathartic 6-track EP, Acoustic Sessions, (containing three fantastic acoustic covers from their debut album) for our listening pleasure.
HERE’S WHAT WE DUG MOST…
Stereo panned acoustic guitars set the theme and intention for the rest of the album in the focused and inspirational opening track, Another Way, which is instantly reminiscent of Dixie Chicks and Shook Twins. And, one can’t help wondering how much of Pagliaro’s journey is wrapped up in the lyrics…
New love has a new theme song in Feel The Fire. Think: Belinda Carlisle.
Beautiful harmonics add to the spirited melancholy in Echoes And Silence. Struggle and turbulence have rarely sound this soulful…
“Oh, I got lost somehow, I can’t find my way out
God, show me how
Oh, can’t you hear me now, there’s echoes and silence
OUR FAVORITE TRACK…
The bluesy heart-breaker, Shelter, gives a sweet little acoustic solo at the 2:40 mark. There’s just not enough of this stuff in music today.
Tastefully minimalist. Soulfully stripped-down to the essentials. Dense with substance. Roses and Cigarettes’ latest album, Acoustic Sessions, stays pure and true to its acoustic intentions, while simultaneously offering brilliant and shining vocal performances which can more than keep the attention of those who prefer a full-band sound.
Devoted shamelessly to love of all kinds—love of self, new love, broken love—the record’s six tracks offer not only relatable, emotive and potentially nostalgic lyrical content—but also a satiating bit of musical composition and production. For a straight-up acoustic collection, it does the trick, and will certainly leave listeners anticipating their forthcoming album.
Dixie Chicks meets Shook Twins, with a twist of Belinda Carlisle…
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