Testa Rosa

Testa Rosa

by Jason MacNeil

16 September 2007

 

Testa Rosa has all the spit and polish of bands like The Pretenders and Blondie with its tight melodies and terribly infectious pop rock. This is the case with “Ollie & Delilah”, which vocalist/guitarist Betty Blexrud-Strigens nails perfectly. It’s the type of album that one feels an instant connection with, like it has been in your collection for years and years. Songs such as “Book About Clouds” and the pretty “Arms of a Tree” have a gorgeous, timeless quality to them. But the band can give you edgy, moody rockers as well. “Hollow Arm” has as much verve as the somber, melancholic downers such as “Easy For You to Say” which resembles The Sundays before building slowly to close. Again, the familiarity with the album is its greatest strength simply because a nugget like “Weather Underground” will have you humming or singing along without evening knowing any of the damn lyrics. The material expands into four and five minutes with “Only to Fail Again” being a pleasing ballad. Even a German version of “Ollie & Delilah” works. Sure, it’s not Nena’s “99 Luftballoons”, but what are you gonna do?

Testa Rosa

Rating:

Topics: testa rosa
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Call for Music Writers... Hip-Hop, Soul, Electronic, Rock, Indie, Americana, Jazz, World and More

// Announcements

"PopMatters is looking for smart music writers. We're looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and…

READ the article