Released: October 23, 2007
Record Label: Wind-up Records
“Pink leopard print? Oh, this can’t be good” was my first thought when I opened up Megan McCauley’s Wind-up debut, Better than Blood. But after listening to this album, I realized that I still haven’t fully learned the lesson that appearances can be deceiving.
On most of the album, McCauley uses her powerful pipes to belt out some fairly straight-forward rock tunes. Songs like “Wrong Way Out”, “Reverie” and “Wonder” highlight McCauley versatility as a vocalist and willingness to work outside the box. These are some of the strongest tracks.
McCauley’s performance on “Porcelain Doll” has all the elements that every singer should strive for. Great song-writing combined with precise, but delicate control and occasional burst of power. Her vocals on this song are simply gorgeous.
“Tap That” is a catchy tune that is certainly single-worthy and very danceable, but its Salt-N-Pepa-like beat is atypical of every other song on the album and seems out of place.
I’m still not sure what to make of the pink leopard print on the CD, but I’m very glad it did not deter me from giving this album a proper listen. Better than Blood should take off, propelling McCauley out of the stratosphere, and she will be a performer to watch for years to come.
- Wrong Way Out
- Tap That
- I Realize
- See Through
- Come To Me
- Porcelain Doll
- I’ll Pay You To Shoot Him