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Rock 'N' Roll Pony

Gina Villalobos Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (21 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laughing Outlaw Records
  • ASIN: B0007DBXQA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. California
2. Not Enough
3. Why
4. What I'd Give
5. We Got It Slow
6. Fooling Around
7. Put The Message In The Box
8. I'm Alright
9. So Much For Dying
10. Faded
11. Trying To Find You
12. Can't Come Down

Product Description

Product Description

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ was originally scheduled for an autumn 2003 release only to be unavoidably delayed following a traumatic and life changing accident which resulted in Gina losing the total loss of vision in her right eye. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ eventually gained a US release in the summer of 2004 and has continued to win plaudits ever since. While ‘Beg From Me’ itself was an auspicious debut, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ is a tangible leap forward as the reviews continue to testify and demonstrably confirms Gina Villalobos as a genuinely gifted songwriter, as well as an accomplished interpreter of other’s material – just check out her spellbinding take on World Party’s ‘Put The Message In The Box’ for ample evidence of that. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ is abundant with indelible hooks and sharp lyrical insight and expressed by Gina Villalobos’ distinctively resonant voice, is proof positive that her talent should be considered very much to be in the ascendant.

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ has received excellent reviews in national US magazines like No Depression, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Harp, as well on internet music magazines such as Americana-UK, PopMatters and extensive coverage in US-based regional and local press.

Having recently signed a licensing deal with Laughing Outlaw Records ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Pony’ will see a much deserved wider release in the UK, Europe and Australia on February 21st 2005.

Review

"...Unquestionably the finest voice in the country-rock genre today." -- PopMatters

"...a hard-edged Americana gem, mixing sharp lyrics with the dirtiness of late-1970s Rolling Stones." -- The Independent

"...this is country rock at its most melodic, subtle and heart broken." -- Americana-UK

"A contender for album of the year" -- Bob Harris , BBC Radio 2

"Rough-edged twang with a dash of the heartland (Villalobos) roils and rucks like Lucinda Williams or a distaff Ryan Adams." -- Uncut

"This is intriguing stuff, full of heart and hard knocks." -- No Depression

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This girl should go far! 23 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
Saw Gina a couple of weeks ago in Belfast as a support act, and was really impressed by her unpretentious and relaxed style. ( as well as the guy on guitar who also did fab harmonies)Was expecting to be bored.... instead bought the album ( and even got it autographed!)
Possibly I enjoyed the live acoustic performance more, but am gradually being won over by this super album. Lots of great tracks (with the exception of 'Message in a bottle all self penned), really catchy tunes and a great voice. Reminds me a little of Sheryl Crow...........just to give you an idea of her style & sound, but I think more edgy and all the better for it.
If you're into alt-country go & buy this: you won't regret it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More a Horse than a Pony 7 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
What a belting little self-produced album this is. 12 tracks in total it has 11 Gina Villalobos compositions and a splendid cover of World Party's infectious "Put The Message In The Box". Although the CD title has Rock 'n' Roll in it, Gina is probably best pigeon-holed as Alt-country meets Pop/Rock, plenty of pedal steel meets electic guitar scenarios. Tracks include Not Enough, What I'd Give and We Got It Slow which are all good alt-country fare with So Much For Dying more country based but with more use of jangly guitars like e.g. The Jayhawks, Kathleen Edwards. Faded is a lovely little rock-song and overall I keep coming back to this album for refreshments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this woman blew my mind 21 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I went to see Gina play last night at the Glee club in Birmingham with about fifty lucky people who braved a tornado and soddom and gomorrah hail. I have rarely seen such a brave performer who gives so much ... she puts Ryans Adams and Sheryll Crow in the pale. Brought the album at the end of the gig ... brilliant rock and roll country blues ... her new stuff sounds even better ... if you like Ryan Adams buy this, he's got a big sister here and she's twice as talented. BRILLIANT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock and Roll Pony 8 Aug 2005
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Format:Audio CD
this woman is the real thing. she writes from her heart and sings from her soul.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This pony kicks.... 12 Dec 2005
By Stephen Doig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Rock n' Roll Pony is the self-produced second album from Californian recording artist Gina Villalobos.

Gina Villalobos is often likened to Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams, but she is probably even closer in style to her contemporaries like Tift Merritt, Shannon McNally, Kathleen Edwards and in particular Sheryl Crow at her most rockin' (and before Crow went all MOR on us). Of these artists, Villalobos is probably the least successful and well known, as evidenced by the fact that I'm the first person to write a review here. But for such a talented songwriter and performer this shouldn't neccesarily be so - and I'd hasten to add that it is probably due to a lack of luck or opportunities rather than any shortcomings in her ability. Or, she might enjoy relative anonymity. Either way, she deserves to be heard by more people.

The first thing you notice about Rock n' Roll Pony is that it sounds damn cool. This is music made for driving in wide open spaces, with songs that conjure up images of dusty desert highways, deserted gas stations, jukeboxes, cheap cold beer, and broken hearts. Ironically, this album has probably done better in Britain than America, where this sort of Americana/alt. country music is very well recieved.

My first exposure to Villalobos was catching a snippet of her single 'What I'd Give' on a local New Zealand music video channel and I was immediately drawn in by it's catchy, escalating chorus. Needing to hear more, I quickly snapped up a copy of Rock n' Roll Pony and have been impressed ever since. Gina Villalobos' raw vocals are ideally suited to this material, and it takes no convincing at all that these songs are drawn from life experience. Tracks like the hard-driving 'Not Enough' and 'Fooling Around' are belted-out with seemingly consumate ease.

My only small criticism of Rock n' Roll Pony is that the vast majority of the album is mid to uptempo rockers, and at times I find myself waiting for a show-stopping ballad or two. But hey, that's just me and my tastes, and in any case, what Gina Villalobos does, she does very well indeed.

Rock n' Roll Pony is heartbroken, kick-ass rock n' roll and it's well worth seeking out.
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