Brandi And The Alexanders review…October 20, 2018…

BRANDI AND THE ALEXANDERS

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

RED PARLOR RECORDS   RDP 1802

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT–HIGHER–I’M IN LOVE–JEALOUSY–PARANOID–RUNNING AROUND–LOVE SONGS–DRAMA QUEEN–PULLING ME DOWN–LUCKY–SHAPESHIFTER–BAD LOVE

Our vote for one of the coolest band names to come down the pike in quite some time goes to Red Parlor Records  group Brandi And The Alexanders!  This band is dynamite vocalist Brandi Thompson, Nick Fokas on guitar, Eric Gottlieb on drums, Eric Wendell on bass, and Ethan Simon on keys.  This band has been tearin’ it up on the NYC club scene, and, with their debut set, “How Do You Like It?”, they are set to take on the world!

Brandi is a tremendous soul singer, and you can hear a lot of Aretha, Gladys, Candi Staton, and Tina Turner in her vocals,  The originals on this set allow Brandi to explore a wide range of emotions, from love, loss, jealousy, and revenge, and features one amazing cover that you gotta hear to believe!

She kicks things off with the vengeful title cut, givin’ a no-good lover the boot in “How Do You Like It?”  Nick’s guitar cuts a fiery swath as our heroine now vows to “use my lips in someone else’s kiss!”  She finds redemption in a lover who takes her “Higher,” and stays in that groove with the deep-funk of “I’m In Love,” and couldn’t leave even if she wanted!  Another tune fueled by the funk is all about that person everybody knows, “The Drama Queen–why you always gotta make a scene?”  This one is set over a rapid-fire guitar-and-keys groove, and is tailor-made for us dancers!

We had two favorites, too.  Brandi gets her Aretha groove on in the set’s closer.  It starts out as a slow jam, as our heroine has “fallen out of love with you,” and this “Bad Love” continues to build to a thundering, testifyin’ climax, and is the album’s tour-de-force.  Our other favorite shows the group’s versatility, and is a slowed-down, wah-wah-infused, souled-out version of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid!”  You can’t mistake this song’s irresistible groove, and Brandi turns it into a soul masterpiece!

Brandi And The Alexanders are taking the music world by storm.  “How Do You Like It?” proves that if they show up, they sho’ nuff gon’ show out!  Until next time…Peace..Don And Sheryl Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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