Album Review: Rock On by Monica Yonge

Album Name: Rock On
Artist: Monica Yonge
Year/Label: 2004 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

When I put this in the CD player, I didn’t realize it was on “shuffle” so it did not play the first song on the CD, but skipped right to track 6, “Dream Alive”. Wow. I was not expecting this type of music OR this type of vocal when I popped this in! I don’t know why, maybe because of the photo (in which she reminds me of Joan Osborne), maybe it’s that Monica sent me a couple of sweet friendly emails…but I was not expecting the voice to be this deep and rocking or the music to be this hard.

The guitar is frenetic and the music follows. Yonge’s gutsy voice is the focal point and the instrumentation is more background, but it’s there. It’s there, and it’s pretty straight up rock. No candy pants pop here!

If I’m reading the credits correctly, this band consists of Yonge and a guy named Dino Verdis. All this sound coming from two people? Amazing.

If you like your rock a tad hard with strong solid female vocals, Monica Yong’s CD is a good choice.

Posted May 14, 2004

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Found Someone
2. Déjà vu
3. Money Hungry Man
4. All Your Loving
5. So High
6. Dream Alive
7. Surfacing
8. All that Matters
9. Like You

[Monica Yonge Official Site]

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