Inglorious – Heroine: Album Review

The fifth Inglorious album bucks the trend and delivers a set of cover songs as a tribute to various outstanding female musicians who’ve inspired the band.

Release Date: 10th September 2021

Label: Frontiers Music srl

Format: digital / CD / vinyl (coloured option too)

Opting for the female version rather than the all-encompassing ‘hero’ tag, the album title gives a clue about the contents of the latest Inglorious effort.

Inglorious have been more than busy. Busier than a very busy thing that’s got an extra reason to be busy as one of the Blackadder writers would say. Their We Will Ride album has been on the shelves for barely six months, so striking while the iron is hot, the magnificent five led by Nathan James have done the decent thing, providing a surprise package for fans still feasting on We Will Ride.

The passion of the new line up which is becoming established as the definitive Inglorious, is the perfect setting for a set that seems right up Nathan James’ street. It’s one that tips the gender balance firmly in favour of a glorious bunch of female singers including pop hits from Whitney Houston, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, and Christina Aguilera to taking on timeless classic rock songs by Tina Turner, Heart, and Joan Jett, and contemporary rock by the likes of Evanescence, Alanis Morissette, and Halestorm.

The interplay of guitar duo of Danny Dela Cruz and Dan Stevens genuinely shines as the band are in their element having a blast shines and the rhythm section of Phil Beaver and Vinnie Colla has become a well knit unit. Tighter than a very tight thing…etc…etc… Vocalist Nathan James takes on the daunting task of performing songs originally done by such amazing singers with respect and confidence. And while admitting that the songs are pretty definitive as they stand, the band do a grand job in interpreting while maintaining that respect to the charisma, the honesty and the intensity of the originals.

From the well known – Nutbush City Limits is great fun as is Joan Jett’s I Hate Myself For Loving you – to the infusion of boldness and drama that goes with the Evanescence territory and Alanis Morissette’s Uninvited, Herione is an inspired bout of light relief from the daily grind. It might even open a few doors to chase up the originals and their creators. However, don’t expect a dip into the Whitney Houston catalog will reveal too many fruitful pickings like the Whitesnake-y-ness cover of Queen Of The Night…

Here’s Midnight Sky from the album:

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