Heart of Stone by SaraLee
Released TBC (at time of review) on Rhythm Bomb Records
Reviewed 3rd February 2018
“Heart of Stone” is the second album form Helsinki’s Rhythm n Blues song bird SaraLee who’s first album “Queen of your heart” was outstanding, so what’s the new album like I hear you ask?
Well its dam good and is going to be one of the best Rhythm n Blues albums of 2018 in my opinion. With 12 original tracks Saralee shows she has grown as an artist oh so well. Vocally superb the album takes the listener through several emotions. Saara SaraLee Lehtomäki is backed by her band Markus Tiiro on Guitar, Jari Lehtomäki on Double Bass and Jani Ahtiainen on Drums.
This exceptional album start with a great track “1 2 3 He’s Mine” great rhythm n blues track with outstanding vocal and great sax work. “I’m a Lover” is a quicker paced track which reminds me of Imelda may at her best. “Trouble knows I’m coming in” takes you back to the age of swing with an awesome track to jive to, this for me is SaraLee at her best! “Wasting Time” slows the pace right down with a sensual track that gave me goose bumps. “Runaway Bride” is a great rhythm n blues number with a mid-tempo beat, next up is title track “Heart of stone” and I was surprised as it’s another slow track with lots of sensual moody vocals. “Black Widow” is a great track again in the Imelda May style, great track, great vocals. “Hey Bartender” is a fast paced track and is another great dance track. “Let me Love You” slows the pace down once again with a rock n roll love ballad, vocals make you melt away. “I can’t tell you I love you” is an up tempo track again one that will fill dance floors with couples jiving, SaraLee at her best. “Third man down” has a bit of a western swing feel to it, great track and different to others on the album. Final track is yet another love song ”Black Roses” great way to sign off.
Another great release on the Rhythm Bomb Label, and one all you Rhythm n Blues fans will want.
Is SaraLee the new Imelda may? I’ll leave it up to you to decide.