Just when the bubble-gum pop genre reached an unbearably high level of notoriety came along a somewhat tolerable hybrid. Best known as Michael Jacksonâ€™s guitarist during his recent tours, Orianthi has broken onto the scene with her debut album â€œBelieve.â€
Orianthi proves with â€œBelieveâ€ that she isnâ€™t just another pop sensation. Instead sheâ€™s a fret-shredding demon on the guitar with musical hooks to back it up.
The albumâ€™s first single, and ever catchy, â€œAccording To You,â€ shows off Orianthiâ€™s guitar talent with random Led Zeppelin inspired riffs throughout the song.
â€œThink Like A Manâ€ shows off the blonde rockerâ€™s classic rock-inspired style before she swings you down into â€œDrive Away,â€ the country toned ballad about lost love.
Though her voice is awkward at certain points in the album, one of the most attractive things about â€œBelieveâ€ is the lack of studio musicians, especially with the guitars.
Whether or not Orianthi is received well after her debut album, one thing apparent is her musical ability. Guitar is the future of pop music, and itâ€™s a step in the right direction for the scene.
Rock on girl.
Music reviewer Ian Mahan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.