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August 22, 2006

The Studiofix Will Change Your Life

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The StudiofixI seem to heard the MC5’s Rob Tynan’s voice in more than one recent CD. The reason why I have to mention it is that Rob Tynan had one of the most soulful Rock and Roll voices ever. But even with all that Soul, there was an edge when his voice cracked in such a beautiful way. So why do I have to say this? Simple, The first three tracks on this album by The Studiofix (pity The Fool, Magic Michael, and Sleeping) are sung by Nicole de Leon (Paco) with a voice that shows all the qualities of the MC5s front man.

But the songs are not just out-and-out rockers, the Studiofix turn their instruments to a mid-tempo strum on The Latter Years. I’ve have to stop here. I hadn’t really noticed this track too much on the first two listens to the album. I seem to remember wanting them to keep on the guitar rock stuff. But this track is absolutely beautiful. I don’t want to analyse too much in case I ruin it, but the melodic bass part, the plaintive sad vocals are just perfect. That’s the second song this year to reduce me to tears at the sheer beauty and emotion of it all.

Back to the rocking, Bag Lady and Panicking could have been written at any time from the late 60s onwards. That reminds me, I heard Janis Joplin on the radio last Saturday and that’s worth mentioning because I’m rating Paco’s voice amongst the best female rock voices I’ve heard (Janis/Grace Slick/Elkie Brooks). And there’s more but I can’t just list tracks can I? I’ll just say that this is a band, not just a singer, and there is a strength in this. The songs work so well because of the interplay of all three musicians and the lack of fancy production just increases my admiration for this record.

I seem to have said that Studiofix’s singer has a voice equal to the best male AND female voices in history. That’s like the sort of thing you feel when you fall in love. But that is what these reviews are about – how the music makes me feel. All of the attempts to describe the music and provide erudite comparisons are just filler. I’m sure you’ll know what I mean when I say I have to roll over and sleep now – no Studiofix…no more…I can’t…well, give me half an hour…

The Studiofix

3 Comments

  1. Wow! It’s great to read a review of The Studiofix by someone who loves the band as much as we do.

    Thanks so much!!!

    Comment by Kelly — August 23, 2006 @ 4:52 am

  2. Hello!
    Thank you for liking our band!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Paco — August 24, 2006 @ 5:36 am

  3. What an amazing review! I feel honored to have treated the band to pizza this summer. I loove Jenna on bass (she’s my little sister).

    Comment by Lauren — August 24, 2006 @ 6:00 am

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