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Lively, sassy, bluesy female fronted melodic rock.

Another tale of what might have been, Joanna Dean released a couple of albums in 1989 and 1990 to a decent critical reception, but sadly didn’t go anywhere and became another statistic, another talented vocalist who had a go then disappeared. Maybe grunge was to blame, maybe poor promotion, maybe people just weren’t interested any more - who knows. Either way, Yesterrock are giving those who remember her another chance to own her debut album on CD.

Although this is my first experience with Georgia born Dean, I was immediately struck by her powerful vocals. Seriously, this girl has got a big voice on her. The music has a solid bluesy tinge to it, and you get the feeling that with enough amplification she could strip paint. The songs follow a well trodden path, with titles like ‘Ready For Saturday Night’, ‘Burnin Rubber’ and ‘Kiss This’ giving you a good idea of what sort of thing to expect. More than anything else this reminds me of Chrissy Steele’s ‘Magnet To Steele’ release from 1991. Although Steele’s release was superior, ‘Misbehavin’ is a solid album of get-up-and-rock tunes with catchy choruses, thumping rhythm and cool guitar work throughout.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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‘Misbehavin’ is bubbling under the ‘must have’ bracket, but is still a very nice little album that showcases a great new singer that was coming through as melodic rock was taking it’s last gasps for some while. It probably wasn’t helped by an awful cover, faithfully kept for the re release, that looks cheap and bargain bin nasty.

Inside, there’s nothing nasty at all, and it’s certainly worth checking out if you like lively, sassy, bluesy female fronted melodic rock.

Alan Holloway

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