I have been a huge fan of Janis Joplin for over ten years now. When I was a teenager, I remember her music resonating with my soul like nothing I had ever heard before. This is why I was so excited when I heard about Electric Parlor a group being billed as the “lovechild of Black Sabbath and Janis Joplin.” So how does Electric Parlor’s album hold up?
Electric Parlor Album Review
The album opens with “Reckless,” and it’s clear that the banging drums this is definitely going to be a bit more rock-esque than Joplin. As soon as the lead singer Monique Alvarez starts singing, I was stunned by how similar she sounded to Joplin. The comparison is uncanny and, at times, I felt like I was listening to Joplin. I also liked the lyrics, especially when Alvarez sang, “Won’t you pour me a shot of that whiskey baby, I wanna get reckless, yeah.” The song reminded me of Joplin when she first started with Big Brother and The Holding Company, and this is a great thing.
“Frisco High Line,” which appears two tracks later, seamlessly continues the combination of Black Sabbath and Joplin flawlessly. As soon as Alvarez starts signing on this track, I was yet again stunned by the similarity to Joplin. If you are a Joplin fan, listening to Alvarez is really is bone chilling. While the song isn’t as catchy as “Reckless,” I still enjoyed listening to it.
“Bitter,” which appears later on the album, has a “Summertime” vibe to it sonically. The thing that stood out to me on this album was how much the lyrics also reminded me of a Joplin song, when Alvarez tragically sings, “Oh please don’t leave me baby, now i gotta get away from this pain and let’s run away let’s run away… why’d you have to go and leave me alone? All you’ve got to do is let me be with you just one more night.” The thing I always loved about Joplin was how she would sing out her pain, and it’s clear on this track Alvarez is doing the exact same thing.
Other tracks on Electric Parlor’s debut album include the folky “Young Blood” and the rocking closer “Last Battle.”
With Electric Parlor, it is almost as if Janis Joplin has been resurrected and set to a rockier sound. This is one of the best things my ears have heard as of late, and I am definitely a fan. I would highly recommend picking up their debut album, as I don’t possibly see how you could be disappointed.