Orianthi
Believe


3.0
good

Review

by DaveyBoy STAFF
November 25th, 2009 | 347 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jacko’s guitarist knows HER way around 6 strings… And SHE can sing too.

It is difficult to look at the C.V. of Australian-born Orianthi Panagaris and not believe it has been grossly exaggerated for promotional purposes. A 24 year-old blonde woman who has played with Vai and Santana, she has predominantly served as a backing musician for the likes of Prince and Carrie Underwood. She is best known however, for holding the lead guitar position for Michael Jackson at the time of his death. And now the publicity machine wants you to believe she can also sing! Come on, it has to be an opportunistic, cash-grabbing publicity stunt. Surprisingly, it is not. On her second full-length release ‘Believe’, Orianthi is the real deal… She seriously knows her way around six strings, and has a sufficiently strong voice as an added bonus.

No matter what her previous achievements, alarm bells may begin to ring for many listeners upon initially hearing album opener and lead single ‘According To You’. The lyrical content and poppy hooks scream out Miley Cyrus, yet the vocal delivery is more akin to Kelly Clarkson. Furthermore, the hard-rocking music not only casts both singers aside, it puts most radio-rock bands to shame. The catchiness involved should only serve as the cherry on top. Subsequent tracks actually drop the poppy nature and concentrate on the rock aspect, as everything from 80’s hair-metal, 90’s mainstream rock and country-leaning pop-rock are explored.

Orianthi knows her niche sound and for the most part ploughs it over & over again. This results in the two-edged sword of consistency vs. repetition. Songs too often approach Nickelback territory until an obligatory Van Halen-like guitar solo predictably enters the fray. It is no surprise then, that those cuts which differentiate themselves are the LP’s highlights. Apart from the aforementioned poppier opener, the rollicking ‘What’s It Gonna Be’ benefits from a more sustained guitar presence and an impressive rhythm section. Meanwhile, the penultimate ‘Highly Strung’ is a fun, old-school duelling instrumental with none other than Steve Vai. It is just a shame that there are a few missed opportunities, such as on ‘Untogether’, where she cannot fully capitalize on the Santana influenced playing.

For all its deficiencies, ‘Believe’ is a pleasant surprise that should be viewed favorably. It is a good, solid listen that serves up something a little different, without being overly original. In a sense, it is fun… Yet, not entirely in a gimmicky way. There is some substance to be found here, even if it is not necessarily going to blow your mind. The potential could be there though since Orianthi is still relatively young and shows enough promise on both guitar and vocals to suggest she has a bright future. More than that, with the correct guidance and work ethic, she could be something truly special!

Recommended Tracks: According To You, Highly Strung & What’s It Gonna Be"



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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Alternate summary:



O = MC2… Orianthi = Miley Cyrus x Motley Crue.



AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17920 Comments


Lol, this sounds like The Veronicas duetting with Santana

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 25th 2009


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, but I can't get a clever formula out of that.



Actually, the lack of the Santana influence is a bit disappointing here, since I think she can pull off that style relatively well. She more heads into your favourite direction of guitar-playing DavID; 80's cock-rock.

AtavanHalen
November 25th 2009


17920 Comments


btw what's with the capitals in the summary?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2009


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

$hite, I left them in when I was supposed to edit them out. Predictably, it was initially supposed to emphasize that this axe-wielder is a chick.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2009


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Someone call 911... Dave's in lurvvve!

Waior
November 26th 2009


11627 Comments


Listening to 'According to You' is so disappointing after watching her rip away a harmonic minor guitar solo better than the majority of modern guitarists. The sacrifice of a pop hook takes it's toll on emotive guitar playing once again.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2009


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't get too caught out by the lead single though Caleb. The rest of the album does NOT really follow that lead. It is rather easily the poppiest song on the album. In a sense, the song works better in the context of the entire album (although I can see why someone would think the exact opposite).

AtavanHalen
November 26th 2009


17920 Comments


BUT ACCORDING TO JIM

Jim
November 26th 2009


5110 Comments


yeah what

Waior
November 26th 2009


11627 Comments


Hey Jim.

Zettel
November 26th 2009


661 Comments


I'm curious. Great review.

AtavanHalen
November 26th 2009


17920 Comments


S'up Jim

PuddlesPuddles
November 26th 2009


4798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What the! I just added this girl to our Sputnik like yesterday and wanted to review (sad face)



anyway, this is how I found out about her:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXf8oJq049w

liledman
November 26th 2009


3828 Comments


i saw that video for her single a while ago, and thought it was just kelly clarkson with an incredibly stupid and misplaced guitar solo. they need to pick: is she a pop-star? or a guitarist? lets face it, she doesnt have the talent or execution of john mayer to pull both off...

Iai
Emeritus
November 26th 2009


3553 Comments


lol john mayer

Roach
November 26th 2009


2148 Comments


hard rocking music

liledman
November 26th 2009


3828 Comments


lol retort

qwe3
November 26th 2009


21814 Comments


miley cyrus+motley crue alrighty then

bloc
November 26th 2009


53505 Comments


nice one Boy, this woman can really play nicely.

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