SUZI RAWN - Naked
SCORE - 90%
This is a great little modern pop/rock release for anyone out there that wakes up one day and feels like hearing Harem Scarem with a female vocalist.
Except we aren’t talking Mood Swings or Human Nature here – we are talking Harem doing their Rubber style modern rock or more precisely – a sound that falls into comparison with Harry Hess’ solo album Another Day and Pete’s own Fair Ground project.
This is produced by, played by and in part, co-written by Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance and features a very commercial modern pop sound that Harem fans will know all too well.
The vocals of Suzi Rawn (Canadian Idol finalist) are very welcomed and she works the material very well. Some of this is pure Harem Scarem, even to the point that she covers two Harem tracks brilliantly (and poppier) – Don’t Come Easy and Understand You (both from Overload).
Pete’s guitar tone is unmistakable, so if you love the Overload album, the band under the Rubber moniker and the guy’s own solo projects, then this is utterly essential. If you are more old-school Harem, then take a listen first.