“Laura Vecchione reveals immense talent on Love Lead album”
–By Bill Copeland on November 25, 2016
Welcome back, Laura Vecchione. Her new album, Love Lead,is her first in eight years but makes up for lost time. It’s a tasteful yet uncompromisingly honest view of love’s highs and lows, polished but real. Her voice has a theatrical flair (not surprising because she trained in theater), yet she also writes songs steeped in soul, country, melodic pop and Judy Collins-like art songs. Vecchione writes 10 of the 13 tracks here, often backed by Bonnie Raitt’s guitarist George Marinelli. They range from the passionate ballad “You’re the One” to the firmly self-reliant “Lone Wolf,” which suggest the R&B/jazz of Anita Baker. If you enjoy candid love songs with an adult flair, check this out.
-Steve Morse, instructor of Rock History for Berklee College of Music and former staff pop critic for the Boston Globe for 28 years.