Sparkledrive

Sparkledrive

Sparkledrive

Aware

A pleasing although largely unmemorable collection of radio-ready anthems that would fit nicely into one of the many adult alternative radio stations now dominating the airwaves. Fronted by lead singer Val Strain, she is capable of raising the music up a couple levels with her singing that at times seems like Chrissie Hynde. Upbeat and energetic, this album has all the hooks that one could hope to expect. Yet after repeated listenings, there is very little in these songs that manage to grab me or warrant further investigation.

Sony Music, 550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022-3211; http://www.awarerecords.com, http://www.sparkledrive.com

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