Jan 272010
Authors: Ian Mahan

Just when the bubble-gum pop genre reached an unbearably high level of notoriety came along a somewhat tolerable hybrid. Best known as Michael Jackson’s guitarist during his recent tours, Orianthi has broken onto the scene with her debut album “Believe.”

Orianthi proves with “Believe” that she isn’t just another pop sensation. Instead she’s a fret-shredding demon on the guitar with musical hooks to back it up.

The album’s first single, and ever catchy, “According To You,” shows off Orianthi’s guitar talent with random Led Zeppelin inspired riffs throughout the song.

“Think Like A Man” shows off the blonde rocker’s classic rock-inspired style before she swings you down into “Drive Away,” 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 “Believe” 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 it’s a step in the right direction for the scene.

Rock on girl.

Music reviewer Ian Mahan can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

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