Josette - 1998 Josette

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ARTIST: Josette
ALBUM: Josette
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 025
YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: image

LINEUP: Josette Miles - vocals * Roger Fisher, Jon Lorance, Jerry Hludzik - guitars * Kjell Benner - bass * Eli Hludzik - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wicked Child * 02 All I Want Is You * 03 Beating Heart * 04 Closer * 05 Heading Home * 06 When Love Begins * 07 Livin' 2 Lives * 08 One Love * 09 Believe In Me * 10 Don't Be Lonely * 11 As Time Goes On

Background

She's a Pennsylvania native (Scranton), and had the backing of Jerry Hludzik from Dakota. This is pretty decent hard rock, in an 80's style, even if the release is ten years overdue.

Her name is Josette Miles, and she has some decent musicians alongside, including Roger Fisher (Heart), plus the Dakota guys Jerry Hludzik, Jon Lorance and Eli Hludzik.

Released in 1998, it was one of the earlier Escape Music releases, and worth going back having a listen to.

The Songs

For mine, this is akin to female fronted melodic rock from the 80's. No wonder Khalil and Barrie were interested in releasing this.

I'm thinking part Vixen, Steffanie, Debbie Davis with a little Jaime Kyle thrown in, to keep things from getting too chaotic. This impression is immediate on opener 'Wicked Child', with Josette's big booming voice dominating from the get-go.

'All I Want Is You' could be an offcut from Steffanie's great 1985 LP 'Hideaway', especially that coarse guitar tone.

'Closer' is a Vixen doppelganger, surely?

First point of difference is the dreamy prog like 'Heading Home', while AORsters should enjoy the totally melody friendly 'When Love Begins'.

'Livin' 2 Lives' touches the edge of AOR with ease, the guitar ballad 'One Love' is pretty good too, 'Believe In Me' and 'As Time Goes On' keeps the quality right to the end.

In Summary

Question to myself: Why haven't you given this album any love previously? It's very good.

'Josette' is a very underrated set, and though some might say the production is a bit tough (produced by Jerry Hludzik incidentally), the quality of the songs more than makes up for it.

A CD worth a reinvestigation.


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