- Audio CD (February 8, 2000)
- Original Release Date: February 8, 2000
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Audiomatic Ent.
- ASIN: B00004NKFT
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Thousand Year Itch
Top Customer Reviews
Opening with the pounding "Psycho Magnet," Dyanna and company tear through eight origional songs by guitarist Mark D. Miller and two well chosen covers. Forming a tight musical base for Lauren's surprisingly stong and soulful vocals, TYI display an intriguing range of rock/blues interpretations. From the self mocking confessions of "Stroke of Midnight" and "She's a Dancer" to the anthem "Liberty," Thousand Year Itch succeed in fusing talent and attitude into a great new band.
Covering the classic "Son of a Preacher Man" provides the album with one of its many high points. Perfectly suited in style and subject, Dyanna blitzes her way through the song with bandmates close in tow.
Upon hearing TYI, one must give its five members the highest complement by asking, where can I see them live? Util there's an answer to that question, get the album!
And even Miss Lauren performs admirably at times, with an occasionally impressive talent that seems to work at its best in the hard rock, heavy metal numbers like "Stroke of Midnight" and "Liberty," in which she vividly describes her XXX-rated career. Although she can be shrill on some notes (the ghost of Eva Cassidy has nothing to worry about in the singing department), she also belts out her raunchiest lyrics with the energy and enthusiasm necessary to punch through the power chords of the music. The weakest parts come when she tries to warble soft ... rock ballads like "I Can't Say Goodbye" and "Came Without A Warning." These tracks almost descend into a kind of self-parody.
This isn't an album for everyone, and Miss Lauren probably should not quit her day job yet, but she does seem to have enough in the way of chops to develop a style all her own. In this, she is admirably aided by a group of some very fine fellow players. Mark J. Miller does really nice work on lead guitar (in addition to writing most of the songs), and Gary Miller is all right on bass, as well. Dave Haddad kicks out the jams on drums, and the whole record has a clean, crisp sound and high production values that lets you know from the first notes that this was not done just as a lark. Perhaps the best songs are the covers of "Helter Skelter" and "Son Of A Preacher Man." Although Miss Lauren's voice does break here and there, she invests the familiar lyrics with the feeling that re-creates them in a fresh context. The recording is worth listening to at least once if only for that much in the scheme of things.Read more ›
What is particularly nice about this title is that it features a singer who doesn't hide behind the music but instead showcases her vocal talent at every turn and every opportunity. With her soaring vocals, she brings us a nice departure from the current flock of monotone female singers that plague the contemporary music industry.
If you liked Lita Ford or Vixen, you will love this-----it is BETTER. If you like music that rocks, you will love this. This album was well worth the money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These guys won't be giving the Who a run for their money, but there is nothing wrong with this album. It's good, solid hard rock. Too bad they never made another one.Published on September 25, 2005 by R. Gilfert
I'm very impressed by this CD. Dyanna Lauren's honey-whiskey vocals are amazing and fit very well with the blues-rock of the album. Read morePublished on April 12, 2000 by Jim Cook