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Secret Evil
     

Secret Evil

by Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
 

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Two years is a long time to sit on a completely finished album, but that's the fate Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas experienced in getting Secret Evil onto shelves. Produced by Latin Grammy winner Milo Froideval, it was recorded for Blue Note, but indefinitely shelved after the label's acquisition by Universal.

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Two years is a long time to sit on a completely finished album, but that's the fate Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas experienced in getting Secret Evil onto shelves. Produced by Latin Grammy winner Milo Froideval, it was recorded for Blue Note, but indefinitely shelved after the label's acquisition by Universal. Hernandez got her record back and signed with Richard Gottehrer's Instant Records. Demons, an EP, appeared in 2013. ("Caught Up," the single from that offering, is here.) On the album, there's a deep sense of Hernandez's Southwest Detroit culture, and the Motor City's vast musical heritage from Motown to psych, gospel, and garage rock, as well her band's love of surf, punky ska, and blues. This kaleidoscopic brew, mixed by Gottehrer, readily reveals Hernandez & the Deltas' influences. The production and charts frame her big, passionate voice with a sense of concert hall theatricality. With a band as intuitive as the Deltas, this ambitious collection of songs comes off almost without a hitch -- there is little filler. The swaggering rock and funky soul in opener "No Place Left to Hide" is pure Detroit. "Sorry I Stole Your Man" melds a girl group backing chorus (by the Iveys), Latin rock & roll, and fat, old-school, horn-driven R&B, with Hernandez soaring over the mix. "Dead Brains" is a hooky, fingerpopping, pop
ock cum ska groover with a surf guitar break, swelling organ, and punchy bassline. Her vocals here and on "Tired Oak" add weight and heft to the band's playing; together they deal out a devil-may-care hedonism. "Run Run Run," featuring John Raleeh's trombone playing in classic Willie Colón style, underscores sexy Latin rock in a soulful heartbreak song. "Cry Cry Cry" (not the Johnny Cash tune) is a slow weeper that showcases the softer side of Hernandez's voice, and a more nuanced side of the Deltas. "Downtown Man" weds psych and a funky Cuban groove. There are misfires here: "Neck Tattoo," despite its quality vocal performance, contains a cheesy synth that the melody can't overcome, and the closing "Lovers First," a sophomoric ballad, should have been left off. These tracks aside, Secret Evil delivers on the promise of the Demons EP. This young band delivers well-written and unapologetically retro pop
ock; that said, their enthusiastic delivery and clever arrangements are decisively modern.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2014
Label:
Instant Records
UPC:
0885686932599
catalogNumber:
3
Rank:
58173

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Steve Stetson   Drums,Group Member
Daniel Zlotnik   Clarinet,Saxophone
Gordon Smith   Guitar
Jessica Hernandez   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Camilo Froideval   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards
Steve Lehane   Group Member
Yoanni Pino   Trumpet
Taylor Pierson   Keyboards,Group Member
Mike Krygier   Group Member
Ben Sturley   Bass
Kyle Malarky   Guitar
John Raleeh   Trombone,Group Member
Iveys   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Gottehrer   Executive Producer
Manuel Calderón   Engineer
Eric Hoegemeyer   Composer
Jessica Hernandez   Composer,Cover Design
Milo Froideval   Producer
Ben Sturley   Composer
Airene Resurreccion   Cover Design
Nick Maher   Composer

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