Hey, remember Fiona Apple? Remember the first time
you heard “Shadowboxer,” and you hadn’t
heard a voice that rich since Tori rocked your world
on Under the Pink? If you’re nodding your
head and have already started humming “Pretty
Good Year” to yourself, you’re ready for
Wensday’s debut Album, Torch Rock.
Or if neither of those ladies is your cup of whiskey,
you might be more impressed by Wensday’s resume.
She’s worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss
and Aerosmith. And while waiting for her lucky break,
Wensday worked as a body piercer. Say it with me: Street.
Wensday blends the strong, aching voice of power balladeers
like Fiona and Tori with the hard rock sensibilities
of the bad boys she’s worked with. This is not
a garage band singer putting her first hesitant foot
into the music world: Wensday was trained in jazz,
blues and opera, among other things. She works for
her sound, and as a result each track sounds complete
and rounded. She cites Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald
as inspirations, and like those formidably song-birds
she emotes fiercely through her songs. Grab a handkerchief
and hold on to something when you put Torch Rock in
the stereo; you’re in for a long, lovely ride.
Favorite Track: Track 4, “Heartbreak Saloon”