The last time I spoke about Mia Klose, I referred to her arrival on the music scene as "the return of chick rock with balls" based on her sample EP. When I saw that her debut EP, London, was finally finished I was filled with excitement to review it. It has been a while since a new artist has filled me with such enthusiasm.
Mia Klose oozes confidence and sexy charisma. Mia’s pretty face could be misleading for the frame of leather and lace that surrounds it. But her music is a perfect fusion of metal and melody that screams radio hit. Her talent for style and visual expression frequently stops traffic. The album artwork is something of feisty beauty, but is tasteful at the same time. It is great to see an artist with personal style.
Musically, think young Axl Rose, Madonna, and Michael Monroe treading the hard rock floorboards of Skid Row, Mötley Crüe and Bon Jovi, with a wardrobe that would impress Cindy Lauper and Lita Ford. Her sound takes you back to the 1980’s, golden era of metal and rock. Mia's vocals are powerful and controlled, backed by heavy guitar riffs and structured songwriting. The emphasis is on quality, and it shows in every aspect of her performance.
The album embodies everything that a rock album needs and indeed it does rock. It has an oomph of inspiration from the glam rock era and a touch of the infamous 80’s power ballads, but there is nothing cheesy about this EP. Klose’s work comes with an air of class.
London is the running inspiration behind the album and is it any wonder? London has been the inspiration behind many artists and has showcased some of the best such as David Bowie, Queen, and The Rolling Stones. The opening and closing of the 2012 Olympics conveyed to the world that when it comes to music, the United Kingdom is home to some of the best artists in the world.
"London’s a Heartbreaker" and "City of Rock" are both stellar tracks on the album with their 80’s power riffs and eccentricity. They give a great taste of this country's electric atmosphere.
Possibly my favorite track on the album is "Living for Tomorrow". The first couple of notes always remind me of "Paradise City" by Guns N' Roses. Lyrically, this is a very powerful song and brings great inspiration to anyone having a bit of an off day.
The guitar on the track "Mama" personifies classic rock music which can be tricky to recreate in modern times. But with Klose's vocals and style, it creates a perfect harmonic rhythm and excellent song.
The track that I am most looking forward to hearing live if Klose comes to Scotland is "You Drive Me Crazy". The sensual guitar riffs provide a great get up and dance vibe and demonstrates Klose’s vocal range at its best. I have no doubt in my mind that this team of talented artists are going to go far!
London was written, recorded, and performed by Mia Klose, Melly and Danny Drama and was produced, mixed and mastered by Danny Drama with Mia and Melly at their studio in London, England and was released via the band’s own label DMD Music Ltd.