Premanufactured girl singers and pop trios come and go before I can even learn their names, but there aren’t many women vocalists out there right now who are truly carrying the torch of Rock as in RAWK. I knew there was something really special about New Jersey rocker Christine Martucci when, from the first song on her debut CD, Mama Says, her voice went through me like a spear.
Christine’s gutsy, intensely soulful rock vocal style will draw immediate comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin, but her voice is unique and exciting. And musically speaking, the ten songs on Mama Says will appeal to fans of classic blues rockers from Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers to Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge. Make no mistake about it, this is an old fashioned, guitar-driven, blues-based rock record of the highest order. Christine’s emotionally rich voice commands attention; whether she’s delivering a tender ballad like the timeless, thinly-veiled war protest song “She Don’t Know” or belting out one of her rock anthems like the feverish, driving rocker, “Hearts On Fire.” (The organ accompaniment on that song also adds an engaging sense of urgency similar to that of Rod Stewart’s “I’m Losing You.”)
To dig way down deep again for a point of reference, the passionate undercurrent of the transcendent, anthemic “Release Me” reminded me of Melani’s ’60s hit, “Lay Down.” Stones fans will love the honky tonk, free-wheeling rock feel of “Home.” Christine is a truly gifted songwriter whose songs recall the Americana-flavored storytelling of John Mellencamp or Bruce Springsteen. Finally, it’s worth noting that Christine’s band is comprised of staggeringly talented blues musicians. I just wish their names were listed on the CD so I could give them some props, because they add so much to the overall quality and impact of this CD. Christine Martucci’s Mama Says will lift you up, touch your heart and rock your soul. This woman is the real deal.
Christine Martucci: http://www.christinemartucci.com/