Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Folk

Sounds like: Jewel, Nora Jones

The Good Passionate Vibe 

The Bad Sparse Sounding Production

The Ugly Sharpen the Knife

The Band 3 out of 5

The Music 5 out of 5

The Songs 5 out of 5

The Vibe 3 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 3.5 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest CD from singer/songwriter Arienette entitled The Hardest of Fights (2011). Arienette hails from Utah and this is her third release to date.  


The band The playing abilities of Arienette and her band are pretty solid across the board. I would say they possess intermediate playing abilities and intermediate writing abilities. Timing seems to be spot on within the indie-alternative rock grooves. Arienette's voice is effective as she delivers many solid vocal performances that match the folk-pop style of music perfectly. The music Upbeat, funny, interesting, thought provoking, and melodic. At times even melancholy.  Musical textures reminiscent of Jewel, Nora Jones, The Sundays and Sara McLauglin. anything indie and fun but possessing allot of depth as well. If you like those kinds of artists you will no doubt get a kick out of this CD. The songs Above average songs. Very simple yet effective, conservative, highly original, and passionate It strikes the prefect balance between alternative pop & just a dash of Indie folk. Arienette and company are clearly being themselves as songwriters and this is what comes out on the other end. My favorite song on the CD is "Something Good" Trust me on this one folks. The vibe Great vibe. Perfect for late night college parties, coffeehouses, or even magazine shops. The production delivers a lot of musical variety. Honorable mentions go out to amazing singer/songwriter hypnotic abilities of Arienette. She has something special to offer and I have no doubt she means every word of every song she sings. I give her high marks for not being afraid to let it all hang out musically. Arienette's not trying to be some popish artist striving for mass appeal – she’s just being herself. The CD refuses to try to hard – that’s what makes it so amazing The good Very likeable, marketable record – amazing songs, fun to listen to. The voice and presence of Arienette is to die for. The bad Not the most polished sounding record I've ever come across. At times CD suffers from a sever case of lack of instrumentation and is extremely sparse. The better pieces are clearly pushed to the front of the catalogue. The ugly The sound quality of this record is in serious need of upgrade and is comparable to a dull knife.


The verdict The Hardest of Fights by Arienette is a solid CD. The songwriting is clearly above average. The production does manage to get it’s point across despite the negatives. Again  the most amazing thing about this CD is Arienette herself. She has star quality and her voice and guitar playing are in the forefront where they belong. Arienette is clearly a premier talent. Fans of carefree Alternative-College Rock will love this CD no doubt.

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic




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