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Via
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TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 20 March 2013
Rough and ready; bruised and battered; jagged around the edges but
vibrantly alive, Thalia Zedek and her current ensemble don't mess
about when it comes to making it real. My OCD can get the better
of me now and then if I hear an out-of-tune guitar (for example
the acoustic introduction to opening track 'Walk Away') or a muffed
chord but listening to 'Via' necessitated a shift in my quality-
control gears to fully appreciate its abrasive charms. Ms Zedek has
a powerful and distinctive voice (a little bit Patti Smith and - I
hope she will forgive me - Courtney Love in character) which rattles
and burns its way through the nine gritty compositions which make
up this strangely affecting collection. It's a bracing experience.

That opening number, Walk Away, is a real humdinger. When the full
force of the band crashes in after the somewhat shaky opening bars
it's hard not to be stirred by the no-nonsense authenticity of Ms
Zedek's unaffectedly emotional vocal outpouring (David Curry's
scorching viola is no second fiddle either!) Elsewhere tracks such
as 'In This World', sporting some fine electric guitar and drum work
and the epic noisy grunge-fest of final track 'Want You To Know' leaves
us in little doubt about the nature of our host's uncompromising vision.

As far from the middle of the road as it's possible to be and all the better for it.

Recommended.
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on 25 March 2013
Thalia Zedek, former frontwoman with 1980s noise-rockers Live Skull, combines Patti Smith's imperiousness and Neil Young's deep grooves, Via's songs surge and ebb with hypnotic riffs and feedbacky solos, cellos sawing away in the background, Zedek forcing the tune to bend to her rather than vice-versa. It builds to an epic finale with the rumbling blues volcano "Want You To Know".

by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney
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