I first became aware of Orianthi when she was announced as Alice Cooper's new tour guitarist in 2011. After seeing her play live, I bought her previous album, Believe. Whilst the guitar playing was fantastic, the songs and production all seemed a little too commercial,'poppy' and Avril Lavigne-esque.
Heaven In This Hell is a very different animal!
Produced by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics it has a much more raw, yet refined sound and the song-writing is more mature. Ori's voice is much stronger too, probably due to rocking out with The Coop for the past 18 months. Blues-rock is the overall genre but there are some harder rock, like the title track and Frozen, and a couple of tracks with a country feel them, no doubt inspired by being mostly recorded in Nashville. This is the real Orianthi and I think she's made a record that SHE wanted to make, rather than her record company.
After the first listen, there wasn't one track that had be thinking 'hmmm, that needs a few more listens' and after multiple plays, it just gets better. Listening to it through some decent headphones reveals some lovely textures that you don't hear when it's blasting out through speakers.
This isn't just about Ori shredding on every track, she plays some lovely 12-string accoustic, banjo and there's even some violin and harmonica thrown in.