Title: From The AshesLabel: Independent Release
the Ashes' is the long-awaited new album from Californian
rockers Haven. It seems such a long time since I first
reviewed their debut album, so it's with great pleasure that
I give this new opus my thoughts for you all to share.
this new album is a gentler refrain than expected and takes
the band on a new journey, for they have abandoned the
full-on electric guitars for the semi-acoustics and to be
honest, this enhances the ten songs on the album. And
with Pamme's vocals still having that Wilson Sisters / Pat
Benatar feel to them, this new album really is built on the
solid ground of those superb vocals.
album opens up with 'Troubled Waters' a great way to open up
the album. A rich slice of melodic fuelled rock,
instantly you’ve forgotten that there are no full-on
electric guitars on the album, such is the splendour of the
music and vocals on the song, which is continued throughout
the entire album.
album continues with the foot-tapping rocker 'Already Gone',
where once again Pamme’s vocals dominate the song.
There is real sassy vibe to them on this one that really
gives this song some real bite, before the album brings a
touch of Country Rock into the mix with the excellent
'Dreamer'. Think a rockier Shania Twain.
up is the excellent ballad ‘If You Leave Me’, which is
actually one of my favourite tracks off the album. A
real heart-melter that is followed by another wonderful tune
in ‘Save Me’. Again you find yourself melting into
Pamme’s wonderful vocals and hanging on to every word of
the lyrics. This one has a very emotive feel to it
with its almost flamenco style guitars and haunting
More Time' is another great ballad that has Heart written
all over it, before the tempo is picked up with 'Did You
Mean It', that has a great opening riff that is very Dire
Straits about it, but one thing for sure Pamme has a better
vocal than Knopfler and is much better looking.
back to that almost Country vibe with 'Look in Your Heart',
before the superb ‘Hopelessly'. Again this one pulls
at your heart’s strings s it features some stunningly
moving vocals courtesy of Pamme.
album closes with the title track 'From the Ashes' which is
another very emotional song that closes off what is a great
It might have been a while for band to release another album, but believe me it was well worth the wait. If you’re looking for an album to connect to, then this album is sure to have song or two you can relate too, whatever your musical persuasion. This is pure joyful ear-candy.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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