"Change Is Good"
By Mathias Böde
"Stereo" Magazine German Audiophile Highlights CD Review
This artist's CD is offering exactly what 90 percent of Hi-Fi fans are
looking for: a strikingly distinctive female voice, catchy compositions, and
top class sound quality.
We are talking about Lonie Walker, whose impressive live album "All That I've
got I Gave to Music" was reviewed in our December issue.
On that album Ms. Walker, star of Chicago's Underground Wonder Bar, performs
cover versions of famous artists. On this recording, however, she wrote most
of the 12 titles herself and they are AWESOME!
Starting from the beginning with the relaxed, jazz influenced "Living,"
moving to the bluesy, irresistible, mind and soul entering "I'll Drop my
Pride," to the tender miniatures and explosive trips to the rock métier,
Lonie Walker rules the music. And she knows well which buttons to push for
the maximum reaction. "Change is Good" highlights the wide appeal style of
the band and astonishing arrangements and inventiveness of the pieces and
makes for a driving listening adventure. This should be enjoyed at full
volume because only then can the full dynamic powerful sound of the studio
production with its energy, splendor, and colorfulness be fully appreciated.
The sound technique, with equipment noted in the booklet, can be classified
natural and drive. That's good because we have enough iron heavy techniques
Above it all reigns Lonie Walker and her smoky voice, enriching her audience
for the voice and music worshipped in audiophile circles.