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    Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:11:22

    Album Review: We Are Harlot – 5-out-of-5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Now, this is the moment rock fans have been craving. It's the day that a band with the instrumental virtuosity of Van Halen, bluesy swagger a la Aerosmith, and a panty-dropping, bra-throwing excess of their own formally arrives. That band is We Are HarlotDanny Worsnop, Jeff George, Bruno Agra, and Brian Weaver. The group's self-titled debut officially lands on March 31st, [iTunes link] but it's so undeniable you need to get excited for the record and rock's subsequent rebirth now...

    Every element converges into one bombastic, ballsy, and brilliant rock 'n' roll ride. Fret-burning solos abound as Jeff confidently steps into the spotlight as a new kind of guitar hero. Danny's voice spans from a gritty rasp to a towering wail on the likes of "Dancin' On Nails" and "Denial." At the same time, "Dirty Little Thing" drives forward with an airtight rhythmic stomp courtesy of Brian and Bruno punctuated by the vocalist's inimitable charisma, riding the lines between strip club anthem and stadium-size banger with its propulsive piano and fast riffing. At the same time, the boys know how to churn out a big ballad. "Someday" parallels those eighties classics with a distinct spark, while "Easier to Leave" dips from a resounding drum beat into one of the album's most heartfelt refrains. "One More Night" and "Never Turn Back" transform hyper-charged riffs into hypnotic hooks as Danny's snarl captivates and captures attention.

    Everything leads up to the potent one-two punch of the heavy "Flying Too Close To The Sun" and delicate last word on "I Tried." We Are Harlot's introduction is everything listeners hope for and a whole lot more. It's rock 'n' roll shocked back to life and ready for a new legacy.

    Rick Florino

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