If you want an equivalent try this, April Rose Gabrielli’s first solo single “Do You” is to “Your Song” what the classic rockism and deeply roiling “Bad Habit (Don’t Make Me Bad)” is to “Burn Down The Missionary”. Not musical, it isn’t piano rock, April performs classic rock with a EDM beat the same way Imagine Dragon and Bastille would do if they were new wave, “Burn Down The Mission” is the flipside to Elton John’s pure pop jones “Your Song”. But both songs are the continuing wideness of our perceptions as to where the music might take them.
April, along with her partners in crime, singer songwriter Jacob Kulick and producer Kevin Eiserman, have been circling a major commercial breakthrough since April went solo after years on the road with her band The Rose Monarchs, who responded to her solo career by all showing up to her The Bitter End last July (here). Though her new song, the intense and beautiful self explanatory sexiness and sulkiness of “Bad Habit (Don’t Make Me Bad)” which starts off as a quiet explanation until it builds to the anthemic break, an overwhelming singalong built for Tik Tok. If “Bad Habit” isn’t “Do You” , well, “Mission” wasn’t “Your Song”. However, if you are gonna go for a home run every at bat you’re gonna strike out, “Bad Habit” is an exciting, rock and roll altiness with a classicists perception. With her lanky visage and friendly outreness, April is a rock star rocking.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1986 (Volume 17, Number 9)
They’ve got me a bit wrong. I’m not completely chaste
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Gospel was in her blood
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an armed and loaded female power track…
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A cold and nonchalant delivery for a song that rocks hard
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essence of a certain American masculinity
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1986 (Volume 17, Number 6)
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