Orianthi’s breakthrough was “Believe”, her second album, which came out in 2009 and the hit single “According To You” which she didn’t write as the album had a star studded line up of songwriters and producers either writing songs for Orianthi or working with Orianthi to write songs.
“O” was released in 2020, after her collaboration with Richie Sambora known as RSO finished up or put on hold.
It’s on Frontiers, produced by Marti Fredericksen and it’s great to see Orianthi back out on her own.
And from reading interviews it looks likes the drumming is created/programmed by Evan Frederiksen.
It’s got a riff that reminds me of Sixx A.M and DJ Ashba like “Lies Of The Beautiful People”.
The song is written by Orianthi and Marti Fredericksen, who has worked with a lot of artists and since I was listening to Motley Crue a few weeks ago, he co write all the tracks on the “Saints Of Los Angeles” album.
And “Contagious” has that sound. It gets me rocking, as it amalgamates blues rock with a bit of Muse chucked in and a modern rock mix.
Lyrically it’s about hatred, and how easily we could all be infected with it.
“They shall not break us ‘cause hate is contagious”
Check out the guitar lead. It’s short but good.
It’s is a nice amalgamation of the devils blues music with modern rock to create a sinners anthem.
Check out the section after the solo. It gets all quite with a riff that reminds me of “The Bleeding” and “Prayers Of The Damned” as it builds up again.
This track could appear on a Rag’N’Bone album. It’s got that “Human” feel.
Orianthi is all soul in her vocal melodies on this and delivers an emotive lead break.
It’s a sleazy, sexy and sultry groove that percolates until it explodes in the Chorus.
It’s a contemporary pop song with a funky hip hop beat. There are synths and a killer vocal delivery from Orianthi.
And I like the mix between merging hip hop beats with a melodic rock vocal melodies and in the Chorus it’s pop rock.
The solo is very Santana inspired and I like it.
“Crawling Out Of The Dark”
It’s on acoustic cut, quite, subdued and melancholic. It wouldn’t be out of place on a country rock record.
Lyrically it’s about a relationship break down and how she’s crawling out of the dark. And when she got out, she didn’t know she had fallen that far.
And check out the blues influenced solo.
It’s got this Rolling Stones/Free inspired riff that I like.
The lead break is very SRV influenced.
“Streams Of Consciousness”
It starts off with a music box.
It’s a co-write with Nikki Sixx and Marti Frederiksen. Modern rock at its best with some good rock riffs.
Nikki Sixx delivered lyrics about the glamorous but filthy side of Los Angeles.
The solo starts off with a Nu-Metal riff before she breaks out the wah-wah and it sounds very Slash like.
It has blues guitar but the background foundation is very synth dance driven.
And a chorus that would not be out of place on an album from “The Cure”.
The best way to sum it up is an amalgamation of different music genres. And because the melodies sound melodic and soulful, it all works together.
It’s got this Latin vibe with a bit of an Enya feel. And the song and overall album gets me thinking about Queen, who also incorporated so many different styles into their albums.
In other words there is a lot of variation here and a little bit for everyone.
Press play and enjoy.