Willa Vincitore review…January 10, 2019…

WILLA VINCITORE

CHOICES

JUST AIN’T THE SAME–CHOICES–NEED A LITTLE HELP–TRUST–I LOVE YOU BABY–EVERYTHING HURTS–BITE ME–IT IS WHAT IT IS–THESE DAYS–MONEY CAN’T BUY IT

Willa Vincitore is a brilliant singer/composer based out of the Holston Valley region of New York.  Prior to 2013, she was a member of Chris O’Leary’s band, but has forged her own solo career since that time.  Her debut was one of our favorites from 2017, entitled “Better Days,” with our heroine providing an album of all-original material that was met with universal praise in all of the major blogs and media outlets.  She’s back, this time with “Choices,” that is all-original save for one ultra-cool cover, of Annie Lenox’ “Money Can’t Buy It.”

Willa kept virtually the same successful team from 2017 on this set, including co-producers Lee Falco and Brandon Morrison, and many of the backing musicians.  This set runs the gamut from pop-rock, blues, to gospel, once again showcasing the versatility within Willa’s voice.

The set begins with a look at how, sometimes, in the game of love, hindsight is always 20/20, “Just Ain’t The Same.”  The poignant title cut teaches that, in life, we all have “Choices, for right and wrong,” and “you make choices and do the best you can,” but declares a bit later that “I Need A Little Help this time,” with the daily struggles of life.  Both of these cuts have a strong gospel feel.

Willa takes a hard line with lovers who judge others with a stern warning, “Bite Me, I just don’t care!”  The guitar here from Karl Allweier gives this one a cool Seventies appeal.

Our two favorites closed the set.  We all know it’s true, but Willa spells it out with “These Days, everybody’s terrified” of the tragic events that fill the daily news.  The sole cover rather sums up the theme of the whole set.  “Money Can’t Buy It” teaches a lesson that love is the only true answer, and “all the money in the world won’t buy you peace of mind!”  She reaches the upper register of her range several times in this one, with incredible ease,  on this funky, soulfully-uplifting cut.

Willa Vincitore was recently enshrined into the New York State Blues Hall Of Fame, and rightfully so.  With a voice suited to any material, plus strong originals in “Choices,” this lady of the blues really delivers the goods!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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