Grace Solero - Hundred Years Apart [Review]The second album from Grace Solero appears written as if almost poetry. “Hundred Years Apart” certainly has the feel of a very personal album.  Grace herself describes the album as:

“The eternal dance of life, love, loss, death and rebirth. This is the story of all the people who met, loved, lost each other and will find each other again.”

Opening with ‘Riptide’ sets the tone for the album well, a track with clear catchy hooks to engage the listener and introduce Grace Solero’s vocals. They instantly standout, with a quality and control of range that quickly conjure comparisons to highly revered female vocalists Alanis Morrisette and Skin from Skunk Anansie.

Grace is joined by Mariangela Demurtas on ‘Electro’, providing backing vocals to the track due to be the first single from the album. The singer with Norwegian metal band Tristania, Mariangela famed for her own stunning vocal ability hails Grace as “One of the most talented people I know”.

As you travel through the album the bands sound as a whole becomes more apparent. With grunge influences seeping through, ‘St Ives’ takes me back in time to the era in which Grace Solero really would have shined. Although it could be wrongly assumed this was an Alanis Morrisette cover, the similarities are just too strong.

Covering Jeff Buckley’s ‘Yard Of Blonde Girls’ Grace Solero present a more uplifting version of the track and yet again its a vocally stunning performance.

“Hundred Years Apart” as an album is very well produced, confidently coming from a band clear on their direction, but almost too perfectly polished. It’s just that Grace Solero’s sound that feels so familiar. There is something very 90’s about the production and sound as a whole on this album, I can’t help but feel this has been done many times before.

It may not feel like a very original album, but if that 90’s female fronted sound is what you are looking for than “Hundred Years Apart” fits the bill perfectly.

Grace Solero – Official Website