Songs like “FICU Now” and the standout track “Stuck in the Middle” are heavy with guitar, but uplifted by catchy pop melodies and Heidi’s smooth vocals.
While other tracks hint at classic Pat Benetar or The Bangles with an occasional dash of Kristin Hersh or Queens of The Stone Age, the hard grind and banshee vocals definitely make “Hipmatize Me” the PJ Harvey song of the album. “Bad Fantasy” slows the pace and drops the guitars back enough to really showcase Heidi’s pretty vocal range.
The darker “Mary” is my favourite track on the album with its driven guitars and thunderous drums reaching aphotic depths with vocals that alternate between eerie and melodic. And Heidi’s voice sounds like a wicked hybrid of Cowboy Junkies’ Margot Timmons and Garbage’s Shirley Manson on the delicious “You’re My Home”.
“I’m on Fire (DooDoo)” is probably why The SnowLeopards are often likened to Led Zeppelin, though The Darkness may be a more appropriate comparison. This track in particular is a brilliant mix of pounding rock and echoing grandiose pop vocals.
“(Don’t) Hide Away” kills the album with a softer, semi-acoustic sound that unleashes Heidi’s voice.
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