INGLORIOUS – Heroine
Now this is what I call a pleasant surprise. I had no idea that the awesome British hard rockers Inglorious were working on an album containing covers by female-fronted bands and artists, so this one instantly found its way to the top of my pile of albums to review.
Although covers albums usually suck ass and bring very little of interest to the table, "Heroine" is something else entirely and is as charming as it is entertaining. Boasting a truly heavy sound and an energetic vibe, the skilled outfit churn out incredibly cool and clever renditions of such classics as "Barracuda" (Heart), "Nutbush City Limits" (Tina Turner), and "I Hate Myself for Loving You" (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts), but the real surprises are undoubtedly Whitney Houston’s "Queen of the Night", Miley Cyrus’ "Midnight Sky", and Christina Aguilera’s "Fighter" – all of which kick ass in the hands of Inglorious. Granted, not every tune on the disc rules and there is just no helping the fact that "Uninvited" by Alanis Morrissette is awful no matter what you do with it. Despite two or three less sparkling tracks, "Heroine" is a fun, refreshing, and memorable slab of catchy music where the band have managed to leave their own mark on the song material and successfully transport it into an entirely different context compared where the original versions came from. You should give it a spin as it is bound to surprise (and hopefully also delight) you. Melodically gorgeous hard rock with a wicked twist to it.