Secret Evil

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2014
  • Label: Instant Records
  • UPC: 885686932599
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 5,477

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Place Left To Hide (2:54)
  2. 2 Sorry I Stole Your Man (3:36)
  3. 3 Cry Cry Cry (3:14)
  4. 4 Dead Brains (3:36)
  5. 5 Tired Oak (3:27)
  6. 6 Over (3:09)
  7. 7 Caught Up (3:00)
  8. 8 Neck Tattoo (3:55)
  9. 9 Run Run Run (3:36)
  10. 10 Downtown Man (3:56)
  11. 11 Lovers First (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas Primary Artist
Jessica Hernandez Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
The Iveys Background Vocals
Steve Stetson Drums, Group Member
Daniel Zlotnik Clarinet, Saxophone
Gordon Smith Guitar
Camilo Froideval Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards
Steve Lehane Group Member
Yoanni Pino Trumpet
Taylor Pierson Keyboards, Group Member
Mike Krygier Group Member
Ben Sturley Bass
The Deltas Background Vocals
Kyle Malarky Guitar
John Raleeh Trombone, Group Member
Technical Credits
Richard Gottehrer Executive Producer
Manuel Calderón Engineer
Eric Hoegemeyer Composer
Joe LaPorta Mastering
Jessica Hernandez Composer, Cover Design
Milo Froideval Producer
Ben Sturley Composer
Airene Resurreccion Cover Design
Nick Maher Composer
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