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Brijette West & The Desperate Hopefuls - 'From NY With Love' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/54/28/85/brijette-west-and-the-desperate-hopefuls-from-ny-with-love-11-1520886754.jpg Hot

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A proud statement that Rock 'n' Roll is alive and well, and just waiting to be embraced by the public.

Brijitte West first came on to my musical radar by a chance support slot to Dokken in Los Angeles, during the ill-fated 'Dysfunctional' reunion tour of 1995. At the time she was fronting Punk pioneers NY Loose, a band that sadly never received the acclaim they deserved. 'From NY With Love' is West's latest musical offering, put together and released by crowd-funding, something the best of bands seem to be embracing these days.

Lyrically 'Typical Drunken Loser' is a romantic Rock 'n' Roll story. The music is Punk-Rock-Pop(!), not unlike some of Joan Jett's better material, and is infused with some lovely, emotionally damaged vocals. West has lost none of her distinctive writing style, still effortlessly writing short, punchy Punk Rock anthems, though with this release, she has added a whole new layer to her music. 'Done It Proud' has a slight New Wave edge to it, and the song bounces along elegantly – a sure live favourite in the making. 'Smouldering Ink' is a nice Blues Rock tune that has swagger, Beatles-like harmonies and lush guitar work – it's by far one of the most ambitious songs the band has released so far.

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The two softest moments are 'Lie To Me' and 'Fire Brigade'; the latter has an almost dreamy quality to it, so much so that you feel the song may just float away. For fans missing the rougher edges of NYL, then 'Fight For Me', with its super-charged Garage Rock approach, really hits the mark. The two songs that stand out for me are 'Don't Wait For Tomorrow', an edgy number that explores new territory with its suffocating riff work, and 'Hot Child', a track that swims on a fat, sexy bass line and is chock full of Rock 'n' Roll attitude.

In the hands of bands such as Green Day, this album would be a smash. For Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefuls, it's a proud statement that Rock 'n' Roll is alive and well, and just waiting to be embraced by the public.

Ray Paul

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