MISFORTUNE COOKIE: Heavy Seas: LP

Formed out of the ashes of Bear Trade, Misfortune Cookie finds Helen Chambers taking over the up front and center role of vocalist/guitarist for the one change in personnel. Despite the trademark Bear Trade drive still being in place on many of the songs, it’s Chambers’s soulful and sometimes folk-like vocals which provide the key difference. It’s a wonderful performance and the blend of strong melodic punk rock with that lighter vocal tone works extremely well. This is also well produced with the bass guitar coming through in a way that eases proceedings along in a smooth manner. Beyond that, the songs are extremely well constructed and the opportunities to singalong are rife, making this a really enjoyable album to sit down and listen to repeatedly. –Rich Cocksedge (Everything Sucks Music, [email protected], everythingsucksmusic.com)