By Shane Douthwaite
Mia Klose is a blonde bombshell hailing from Sweden; though she now calls London home. Leather clad and alluring she is ready to lead us back to the glory days of melodic rock. With clear image and vocal influences from Lita Ford and Cyndi Lauper, Mia is an 80s superstar for the 21st century. Coming from a musical family and through a huge experience of performing, Mia has developed a powerful yet controlled voice and a skilful songwriting ability. It was these traits which caught the eye of Danny Drama, a well established producer and DJ. After huge amounts of hard work and determination, they built a band which gelled as a family; Danny and Melly on guitar, Connor on bass and Rob on drums. After building up Mia's reputation, they were ready to unleash the album which held much anticipation worldwide.
Written, mixed and produced by Mia, Danny and Melly at Dramageddon Studios, 'London' showcases everything exciting about this project. Mia's soaring vocals combined with huge riffs and brilliant musicianship all round is a stunning formula, which will intoxicate you from the start. The main musical influences are clearly Guns 'n' Roses, Skid Row and The Cult; as is shown in the stadium rock styled choruses and the amazing tone that Danny and Melly's Les Pauls produce. One or two of the album's riffs are a little familiar; for instance, the intro to 'Living for Tomorrow' is reminiscent of 'Paradise City' (don't tell Axl, he might sue) but this huge ballad sweeps any worries away in style.
My favourite tracks on the album are 'Mama', the fore mentioned 'Living for Tomorrow', 'London's a Heartbreaker', and 'Never Too Late'. 'Mama' is a frantic, yet flowing rocker in the style of The Cult's 'Lil Devil', which matter-of-factly is one of my all time favourite songs. 'Living for Tomorrow' has a great rhythm and is probably my favourite track. 'London's a Heartbreaker' and 'Never Too Late' earn my love for the simple reason that I'm a sucker for a kick ass riff/chorus combination.
On the next release I'd like to see more of the same attitude and swagger but with a few more variations. The backing vocals on this album just don't feel right to me, I don't know what it is about them but sometimes they make Mia's vocals sound shrieky. I'd also like to see what they could do with the inclusion of a keyboardist, or perhaps a piano ballad.
Overall this is an exciting start to what should be a very successful project. Sure, Mia isn't primarily a recording artist; so there are a few minor discrepancies, but why nitpick? This is an amazing debut by an amazing artist, who has the skills, confidence and charisma to set a new standard. I for one excitedly await her next album and can't wait to catch them live.
Devil Horn Rating: \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/ (out of five)