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The RACK DOLL...'HOT CITY'

(O.R.A. Music) Reviewed 7th May 2015

Another great record comes our way! This time from a band called THE RACK DOLL. Their singer, Minna Ora will already be known from her release as The Electric Lady, that album titled 'Black Moon'. Now from being an Electric Lady she is now a Rack Doll, and this album is a 12 track record full of awesome music. It is like taking a trip back to the 80s, a melodic rockin' record chock full of hard rockin' delights. Just take a listen to tracks like the opener 'Hot City', the catchy '100 Miles Away', the instrumental 'Riff Raff Song', the bouncy 'This Road Is Ending' and the closing track, the ballad 'Pain In My Heart'. Two things to add, some of the songs were originally recorded by the band Hurriganes, a Finnish rock band that was formed in the early 1970s and in the career span had released 13 albums. They were very popular in Finland in the 1970s and early 1980s; they were also a popular live act in Sweden during this time. Indeed, Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy has said that the 1970 and 1980s has had only two real Finnish rock bands: Hurriganes and Hanoi Rocks. But there are some original compositions on this release too - and awesome they are! And secondly, singer Minna bravely fought cancer during the recording of this album. An album by the way that is well worth checking out - their website is at www.therackdoll.fi/! 9/10 (Dave)

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As "Hot City" begins, so does the headbanging after the first few notes! Amazing rock n' roll
rhythm with an awesome melodic hard rock sound and crystal-clear vocals by Minna Ora!
The second track coming up is the melodic and rhythmic "Game Is Over". Its rhythmic bass and
drums alongside "dirty" guitars and riffs will put you in a rocking mood! You'll definitely be saying
"Oh yeah baby!"as you're listening to it! What an excellent start for the Finnish rockers by these two tracks! Let's see what's next.

Continuing the album in the same quality footsteps are "100 Miles Away", "Tonite", "Jailbait Stalemate" and "Riff Raff Song", with the last one winning the 'battle' among them due to its beautiful rhythm and great guitars! Right after those are "The Road Is Ending" and "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)", the latter being an incredible rock track! Minna Ora's vocals are worthy of a rock seminar. Add the amazing riffs, catchy chorus and rhythmic bass and drums into the mix, and you've got all the pieces of this musical puzzle!
You'll move on to the next track only after listening to this one at least twice! (laughs!!)

Equally high-quality hard rock tracks are the upcoming ones, "Shanahdoah", "I Can Do" and "Shorai Shorai". The album is ended melodically by the beautiful ballad, "Pain In My Heart", a track with vocals that are trully spectacular! Right after starting, it will make you want to close your eyes and embark on a journey to its beautiful world! Anything I say about this track won't be enough to do it justice, its crystal-clear, melodic vocals make it stand out from the rest of the tracks. Simply amazing!

In summary, these Finnish rockers are exceptionally talented, and that's proven by the amazing quality of  their music! They have a charismatic female vocalist with a truly beautiful voice. They have bonded together as a band very well, and as a result we have a very high-quality album! Long story short, you shouldn't miss out on this album for no reason whatsoever! You'll be doing yourself a major disservice by not listening to this incredible music! Drop whatever you are doing and go buy this album!

Consider its quality, it's a steal for its price tag of $7.99 (Digital) or 17,50€ (CD)! As for the score, I can't give it anything  higher than a 10/10, but I can do what colleges do, so I'll give it a 10/10 with honors!
Now, I'll have to leave you to listen to "Pain In My Heart" one more time!
Rock on and stay melodic!


George "Snaki" Lane 10/10: "
In summary, these Finnish rockers are exceptionally talented, and that's proven  by the amazing quality of heir music! They have a charismatic female vocalist with a truly beautiful voice!
Drop whatever you are doing and go buy this album!"

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The Rack Doll – Hot City – recensione

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Voto:★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Artista: The Rack Doll
Titolo: Hot City
Genere: Classic Rock
Anno di uscita: 2015
Etichetta: O.R.A Music

Il nome di Minna Ora non è nuovo ai più attenti fans delle sonorità a metà tra vibrante rock ‘n’ roll e melodia scandinava, vuoi per il rilascio sul mercato del debut album sotto il monicker “The Electric Lady” nel 2012, vuoi per il suo successivo coinvolgimento (in qualità di special guest) all’interno di due lavori nostrani in grado di riscuotere diffusi consensi a livello internazionale, alias i debut album di due ben noti progetti melodici adulti di firma tricolore quali Charming Grace e Room Experience.
Scrollatasi momentaneamente di dosso i panni di ospite dal taglio AOR nordico, Minna e la sua nuova band si cimentano (come già accaduto in alcuni frangenti del lavoro a firma The Electric Lady dal titolo “Black Moon”) nell’esplorazione di territori di estrazione maggiormente classic rock, estrapolando dal cilindro una serie di composizioni dedicate questa volta agli estimatori del riffing maggiormente vintage rivisitato in chiave ovviamente più attuale.

 

Il lancio della title-track “Hot City” funge da perfetto olio lubrificante per il motore di “The Rack Doll”, album che scorre vivace nella sua esplorazione del classico territorio sonoro a metà tra settanta e ottanta, infarcito di graffianti chitarre “d’epoca” poste a sostegno di composizioni dal vivido sapore retrò. La medesima linea sonora viene ripercorsa ad oltranza nelle successive “Game Is Over” e “100 Miles Away”, mentre è alle più flemmatica “Pain In My Heart” che viene assegnata l’etichetta di ballads di turno, brano posto però solo in conclusione di una tracklist in cui vanno segnalate, per brillantezza melodica e di incedere, anche la rombante “Tonite”, la carica della blues ‘n’ roll “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” e la cavalcante “Shanandoah”.

IN CONLUSIONE

Il debut album a firma “The Rack Doll” è quindi senza dubbio consigliato agli amanti dell’hard-rock melodico di stampo meno AORizzato e maggiormente groovy, un’uscita ben trapiantata comunque nell’epoca moderna grazie ad un lavoro di produzione in grado di strizzare intelligentemente l’occhiolino ai giorni nostri, e questo senza disperdere quella classicità figlia del tipico rock ‘n’ roll d’annata. Musica per smuovere spirito e fondoschiena insomma, trainata nel migliore dei modi dall’ipnotico approccio vocale della brava Minna Ora.

ROCK MELODICO BY ALEX SOCCO (SPAIN)

The Rack Doll: hard rock con mucho gancho desde Finlandia

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The Rack Doll es una banda finlandesa comandada por la vocalista Minna Ora que acaba de editar su disco debut llamado ‘Hot City‘ en forma independiente, un trabajo de hard rock clásico de gran calidad, en la vena de bandas como Joan Jett y los Blackhearts y sus compatriotas de Hanoi Rocks, para dar una válida referencia.

Desde el primer single bien rockero “Hot City”, pasando por el más cancionero “Game is Over”, hasta el gancho radial de “100 Miles Away”, todas las canciones poseen ese toque melódico sin ser empalagoso. También hay lugar para un instrumental como “Riff Raff Song” y una balada como “Pain In My Heart”, que cierra el disco, sin olvidar al single “Shanandoah”, que habían editado hace un par de años y finalmente lo incluyeron en el trabajo.

Cabe destacar que durante la grabación del disco, la vocalista Minna superó un cáncer de mama. Y como dato de color, algunas de las canciones que aparecen en el disco son versiones de la banda finlandesa Hurriganes, muy famosa en su país en los 70, que lanzó 13 discos.

Conforman el grupo Minna Ora en voz y guitarra, Kari Ora en guitarra, Tommy Nieminen en batería y Esa Tokola en bajo. Si lo que quieren es un rock directo y ganchero con una buena vocalista al frente, The Rack Doll es sin duda uno de las bandas que no pueden perderse.

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 Rokettirollin ytimessä 

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Hurriganesia on syyttäminen monen nuoren suistamisesta munaskuita tärisyttävän rockin pariin. Ennen kaikkea Remua, Cisseä, Albertia ja Ileä käy kuitenkin kiittäminen: sadat ja taas sadat alttiit juipit ovat löytäneet ja tulevat löytämään rock’n’rollin yksinkertaisen ytimen.

Ei tarvitse olla soittimensa virtuoosi. Sävellystä ja sanoitusta tärkeämpää on helvetillinen, avoimella sielulla ja sydänverellä allekirjoitettu mekkala. Sellainen eläin on esimerkiksi ”Get On”. Sen aistii, se sytyttää sukupolven toisensa jälkeen.

Se on sytyttänyt myös The Rack Doll -kvartetin, eli laulaja Minna Oran, kitaristi Gari Oran, basisti Johnny Rocco Tokolan ja rumpali Biitti Niemisen. ”Hot City” -kiekko ei anna periksi tuumaakaan, kirves on terävä, on nautinto seisoa lastusateessa. Ylimääräistä sydänverta on varmasti vuodatettu myös laulaja Minnan syöpäsairauden ja -hoitojen vuoksi. Se kuuluu.

Useat Hurriganes-klassikot, muutama oma biisi ja “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” – juu, se Hollies-hitti – iskevät tulta. Versioissa sykkii alkuaikojen Hanoi Rocks, jossain kuvittelen kuulevani Pat Benatarin ja Ellen Foleyn parin ensimmäisen albumin hiomattomia powerpop-timantteja (”This Road Is Ending”). Gari Ora osoittautuu taitavaksi, särmikkääksi ja tilannetajuiseksi kitaristiksi: joskus vähemmän on enemmän. Tokola ja Nieminen pitävät rokkijunan pomminvarmasti aikataulussaan.

Hurriganesit aikoinaan perinpohjin kuunnelleena haluan onnitella yhtyettä mainioista biisivalinnoista ja tulkinnoista: uudessa yhteydessä ja jämäköillä toteutuksilla alun perin hellyttävän luonnosmaisilta ja horjuviltakin tuntuneet kappaleet jyräävät nyt niin maan perusteellisesti. Esimerkiksi nimi- ja avausbiisi, ”Fortissimo”-albumin ”Hot City” ei kyllä anna armoa. Muita kohokohtia ovat ameriikan meiningillä tasaisen tappavasti tamppaava ”Tonite” (alkuperäinen Remun soololla ”Zin-Khan”), ”Shorai Shorai” ja Gari Oran melodinen instrumentaali ”Riff Raff Song”. Niittinä vielä dramaattinen ”Pain in My Heart” (”Hurrygames”) tarkasti punnittuine kitarasooloineen – ei liikaa, ei liian vähän.

The Rack Doll on näine hyvineen valmis lauteille, yhtye ja tämä levy tarjoavat oivaa apetta suomalaisten rock’n’roll-himoon.

ION Magazine by Kat Zee (UK)

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