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“I’ve never had so much fun making a record before. We all looked at each other and went, ‘Oh my God, there’s magic happening here” Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie, the original Queen of Noise can turn her hand to most things. Acting, sculpting with a chainsaw, but what she does best is letting rip in front of a microphone. And that is exactly what she does here. Last year she came back to remind the music world exactly of what she is capable of on The Motivator. A raw romp collaboration with Fanny drummer and vocalist Brie Darling. That musical statement gathered acclaim, but the seeds of her return were already sown a few months prior. Record Store Day 2019 saw the limited vinyl release of Blvds of Splendor. An album born of tragedy and time. Initially slated for release in 2016, the project was shelved due to a life changing accident which saw Cherie having to battle unlike never before to reclaim her health, before her rock throne.
Now, on April 28th, Cherie Currie releases Blvds of Splendor onto streaming services. A little lockdown love to lift the spirits during these uncertain times. But unlike the limited vinyl only release, the album come s expanded, with the added bonuses of extra tracks including the Runways classic “Queens Of Noise”. That track alone features Brody Dalle, The Veronicas, Juliette Lewis and Matt Sorum (Producer). “Queens Of Noise” stands as a tribute to the late Runaways drummer Sandy West, where Sorum lovingly recreates the drummers’ signature moves.
Continuing with momentum “Draggin’ the Line” is a pretty decent rocker and the following shared vocal of Sorum and Cherie on “Breakout” makes for a cracking listen. The winner however of this whole set is the rendition of the Hollies version of “The Air That I Breathe”. It is outstanding, and will become a centerpiece to Cherie Curries’ post-Runaways career.
1. Mr. X
2. Roxy Roller
3. You Wreck Me
4. Black Magic
5. Blvds of Splendor
6. Force To Be Reckoned With
7. Bad and Broken
8. Rock & Roll Oblivion
10. Draggin’ the Line
12. The Air That I Breathe
13. What Do All the People Know? – Bonus Track
14. Gimme – Bonus Track
15. Queens of Noise – Bonus Track
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