January 26, 2023

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JAIME KYLE – Wild One (Album Review, 2022)

‘Wild One’ is a mature rock album that crosses several genres and styles but remains cohesive and consistent.
92/100

The melodic rock scene is crying out for memorable, well-written songs with heart and passion. And here’s 12 of them in one neat package. The always reliable Jaime Kyle returns with her first studio album in over twenty years.

Proving she’s lost none of the charm, eloquence and melodic prowess, ‘Wild One’ is a mature rock album that crosses several genres and styles but remains cohesive and consistent through that journey.

Kicking off with the most openly AOR track of the album, the title track is a simple melody, yet complex arrangement. Instantly memorable, the song proves Kyle’s cross-genre songwriting chops and a tweak to the mix in any direction could see the song a hit for any pop, country or rock artist.

The diversity of the album is on immediate display with the bluesy rocker Driving With The Brakes On which moves smoothly to the modern pop rock of Change – another really strong song.

The 6-minute ballad Blue Night is simply beautiful and takes us through three relatively laid back but classy songs before the album retains to Jaime’s melodic rock roots on Kiss Dirt.

Dirty Goodbye takes listeners on a midwestern rock n roll rampage before the album is concluded with another big ballad and perhaps the most commercial pop/country song of the while affair.

Some fans may yearn for a more traditional melodic rock sound across the whole record, but it’s been a long time since Jaime’s 1992 debut and this album shows off all her songwriting skills accumulated during a long writing career.

It is a very fine mature singer/songwriter album, with 12 memorable songs and some outstanding lead vocals and some really tasty guitar work thanks to a number of special guests such as Bernie Marsden and Howard Leese.