• Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Janet Gardner – Vixen Vocalist Surprises Audiences with Debut Solo Album!

Janet Gardner has long been respected in the music business for her role as the vocalist in all-female rock band Vixen. While news on the Vixen front has been a bit limited in recent years aside from tour dates and performances, we recently got the unexpected news that Gardner, alongside husband Justin James, would be bringing us a solo album, her first. It is scheduled for release on August 18.



Vixen has a reputation with rock and roll fans for their classic melodic rock anthems and ballads of the 80s glam/hair scene, but the group certainly branched out in the times that have come since. How does Gardner’s debut solo album measure up? Is this the next logical progression for Vixen, or is it a whole new animal altogether?



If you’re expecting the new Vixen album, you’re certainly not going to find it here. This is something radically different, featuring Gardner modernizing and taking things in a new direction. The sound on this album is much more modern hard rock-driven, though a few moments still manage to feel like throwbacks.



What surprised me about this album is, despite how much Gardner/Vixen are associated with “glam rock” styles of the 80s, how aggressive and unflinching a release this is. Many of these songs would not be out of place on modern rock radio. Yet it is still distinctly Gardner’s album; at no point does it feel like she’s “selling out” or making a desperate attempt to stay relevant. This is a powerful, loud, and aggressive release, but perhaps most importantly, it is a GOOD one.



Janet Gardner has given audiences an unexpected surprise in the form of her first solo album. One never knows what to expect from things like this, but Gardner’s solo debut hits hard and never lets up in its 10-track duration. It won’t be for everyone, but if you have an open mind, you might be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended!


By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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