CD Review – Dani Wilde – Shine – Ruf Records
8 out of 10
The young prodigy Dani Wilde has returned to the studio to record her newest album Shine.
A vastly matured vocal performance is at the centre of the album, along with some impressive guitar work, with 11 strong vocal performances and nine self-written songs, the album has clearly been a labour of love. The two covers are a wholly convincing version of The Rolling Stones’s ‘Miss you’ and ‘Where Blue Begins’ written by Dana Gillespie, and the fact that Wilde’s songs sit well alongside such august company is a testament to her abilities in the recording studio.
The instrumental performances are all of a high standard, with Will Wilde showing his worth and potential on Harmonica alongside his sister. At the same time, Laura Chavez, known for her work with Candye Kane, adds her real lead guitar talents to some of the songs.
There are obvious influences on the album, ranging from Janis Joplin and Susan Tedeschi on the playfully funky ‘Red Blooded Woman’ and ‘Some Kinda crazy’. The opening title track is a prime example of blues pop, while the closing solo performance ‘Big Brown Eyes’ finishes the album with a well-placed sigh, rather than the roar that less assured musicians would have used.
Veteran record producer Mike Vernon has helmed the project, adding his experience to an album that will be a marker in Dani Wilde’s career for a long time to come.