Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this review I’ll be taking a look at A&L, a power duo that I previously reviewed a few months back. This time, they’re bringing me a new tune for consideration: “Onto The Next Heart.” They describe the song as an “upbeat, pop/rock song with catchy hooks and killer guitar riffs.” They also claim that it’ll get us all singing along, demanding our attention around every corner. Let’s freshen up on our info about A&L first and then we’ll delve into the song:
The power duo A&L consists of Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Casuccio is a Grammy-nominated producer, his work has topped the charts, and he’s a two-decade veteran of the industry. Marie has been a continual driving force in the East Coast music scene, lending her beautiful voice to a number of radio and television projects. The last song I reviewed from A&L was quite excellent. Does ‘Onto The Next Heart’ stack up?
Once you get past the cringeworthy, incredibly cheesy album art, ‘Onto The Next Heart’ is a very appealing experience. As with the last A&L song I reviewed, the production quality of the song is superb. It’s beautifully produced: the electric guitars drive the song in a dramatic, exciting way, the percussion is fierce, and everything is mixed into perfect harmony behind Marie’s vocals.
The best part of the song is the instrumentation. The electric guitar solo is one of the most badass, thrilling guitar solos I’ve ever been sent to review. Marie’s voice is as elegant and wonderful as ever, and the song does hold up to its promise of being infectiously catchy. There’s a very positive Nashville-style rock sound to the song. It isn’t intended to be an overly deep song, but a fun, uplifting song. It performs that role exceedingly well.
A&L is one of the best bands I’ve reviewed, both back when I reviewed them the first time and now. Their production is always top notch, Marie’s vocals are as empowering as ever, and Casuccio’s production is certainly something to write home about. ‘Onto The Next Heart’ is very worthy of being inducted to your rock and roll playlists.
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