Title - 'Technicolor'
Artist - Sweet Lizzy Project
Every debut album represents a journey, but few have come as far or struggled so tenaciously for the chance to be heard on their own terms as Cuba's Sweet Lizzy Project.
The five-piece rock band (Lisset Diaz - singer and acoustic guitar; Miguel Comas - lead guitar, producer, and background vocals; Wilfredo Gatell - keyboards and background vocals; drummer Angel Luis Millet, and bass player Alejandro Gonzalez) built a strong following in its native Havana with scant resources or infrastructure to support them, in a cultural setting where they could never be entirely themselves.
When American roots rockers The Mavericks' lead singer Raul Malo, whose parents emigrated from Cuba in 1960, got to know the band, he sponsored them for US work visas and signed them to their record company in late 2017.
The band made the bold decision to move to Nashville, where they recorded their sophomore album Technicolor [out 2/21] at Blackbird Studios.
2. 'Turn up the Radio'
3. 'Ain't Nobody to Call'
4. 'Tu Libertad'
5. 'The Flower's in the Seed' (feat. The Mavericks)
6. 'What Was Happening to Me'
7. 'These Words'
8. 'Travel to the Moon'
9. 'Vuelta Atrás'
10. 'December 31st'
Sweet Lizzy’s songs, all original and penned in English, are reflective of the members’ wide range of ages, from their 20´s to 40´ which combined with their Latin heritage means that once you press play you will soon lose yourself within all the quite wondrous selections of flavorful hipsway and exciting rhythms.
From the very off, the orchestrally imbued title track sweeps you away in a haze of summer daze and endless blue skies, whilst the pop rock feel of 'Ain't Nobody to Call' reminds you of their more grounded approach to conquering America.
But we also are treated to the Cuban-flavored 'Turn up the Radio' and the lush ballad 'Tu Libertad,' which both ensure the album comes complete with a bed of subtle Latin undertones.
Malo says Sweet Lizzy Project has the work ethic required to dive into the crowded American market. At the same time, he's tempering expectations. "As much as they achieved in Cuba on a local and regional level, here you're starting all over again and you're on the bottom rung of the ladder."
"We've been outsiders from the start," counters Lisset. "In Cuba, we were swimming against the tide by singing rock 'n' roll in English. It took us time to gain respect by the institutions that would let us play our music."
"And then we had a chance to come here, and we're outsiders again. But that's ok. We just want to play."
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