Rock and Roll certainly isn't dead. In a wake of grunge, hip-hop, and endless
sub-genres of alternative rock, Jennifer Onesto carves out her niche by bringing
back that four-on-the floor rock that is sadly missing in recent years. Jennifer's
new release, Twenty Houses, is an album that offers a true alternative: A fully
produced wall of sound. Terrific melodies and harmonies. Big guitar-driven accompaniment.
You won't find any spare, jumbled mixes with wispy, off-key lead vocals here.
On the contrary, Jennifer has a phenomenal voice, harkening back to the great
female rock artists of the 60's and 70's. She has a clear, rich, alto voice of
uncommon quality - versatile enough to be equally at home singing a driving rock
tune as well as a soulful ballad.
Don't think that Jennifer is a retro rocker, dragging tired classic rock back
from the grave - that couldn't be further from the truth. Jennifer is definitely
an artist of today, skillfully blending many influences into a tight, focused,
cohesive sound with great rhythm and energy. She brings a modern sensibility
to production as well. Her arrangements and instrumentation are deep, not nearly
as spare as most contemporary alternative rock.
Jennifer's songwriting is an example of what all songwriters should aspire
to, regardless of genre. She blends intelligent lyrics and exceptional melodies
into memorable and radio-ready hooks; the kind that play in your head days
after you've heard them. On the whole, Jennifer Onesto's Twenty Houses is a
fresh, welcome approach to modern rock and a great addition to any collection.