For Selena And Sin – ‘Primrose Path’ (Mascot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by David Whistance   
Monday, 11 January 2010 17:53

For_Selena_and_SinI have to hold my hands up and confess, that when I received this CD by Finnish metal/goth/pop band For Selena And Sin, I was a bit apprehensive to say the least.  This particular genre of female fronted music really is not my cup of Rosie Lea and therefore I had slight misgivings in my chosen role as reviewer.


I partly blame by indifference to this particular style of music to a holiday I went on in Florida a few years back, when I couldn't appear to escape the recently released single 'Back To Life' by Evanescence that was played on heavy rotation everywhere I appeared to go, even the frigging toilets. But you only have to glance a quick look at the line-ups at any of the European metal festivals to understand that this particular genre is rapidly growing and extremely popular, with acts such as Lacuna Coil, Leaves Eyes and Nightwish leading the field. And while I'm feeling all confessional here I must also confess to witnessing and enjoying Nightwish when they headlined the 2008 Bloodstock Festival.


So with that in mind, I decided to leave any prejudices at the door and listen to the album with an open mind and I must admit, I really enjoyed the experience.


'Primrose Path' is an album featuring twelve solid rock songs, and features some fine musicianship by anyone's standards.


The band have been known to describe themselves as 'melancholic rock', and there are certainly moments on 'Primrose Hill', such as 'Summer Hill', that I would possibly describe as melancholic, but there are far more soaring rock numbers here than their previous album 2007's 'Overdosed On You'. In particular the awesome single 'Psycho Lover', a great rock song displaying the wonderful vocal abilities of singer Annike Jalkanen, that completely won me over.


A slightly unusual choice of cover song is displayed with their take on Kylie Minogue's 'Confide In Me', and I have to admit to not being familiar with the original version, so if I hadn't read the accompanying information before listening to the album then I would only assume it was the band's own creation. They have most definitely put their own identity stamp on that song as it blends in seamlessly with the rest of the material on offer.


In vocalist Annika Jalkanen For Selena And Sin certainly have a great talent, who can easily adapt from the slower numbers such as 'Five Days In A Row' and 'Rusty Rails Of Yesterday' to the heavier numbers such as 'Bring Me The Sun', displaying her versatility and lungpower to great effect.


After listening to 'Primrose Path', I did start to wonder that with such a surge of similar style bands appearing in the scene across Europe, whether or not For Selena And Sin will be able to reach the top of their chosen field one day or possibly just be another band forever waiting in the wings. And the conclusion I came to was that with this album of twelve easily accessible rock numbers, then 'Primrose Path' may be just the album that will take them to new heights of success, and even if they don't eventually get to headline Wacken then at least they'll have a bloody good time trying to get there.


If 2010 is going to be a year of musical surprises and epiphanies for this reviewer then it certainly starts here.