Genre: R&B, Americana, Folk, Rock

Sounds like: K.D. Lang, Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge

The Good Fun vibe, good writing, singing 

The Bad Sparse Musical Environment

The Ugly Bring the band next time

The Band 3 out of 5

The Music 3 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 5 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 3 out of 5





The Artist I recently checked out the latest EP from Singer/Songwriter Laura Suarez of Southern California entitled Reach for the Bottom. 


The band According to the liner notes line-up band line up includes Laura Suarez on guitar & vocals & a brief appearance by Travis King on solo guitar. I assume she also plays bass & percussion. I would say the band possesses average playing abilities & above average writing. Timing is spot on within the genera. Suarez can hold her own on the guitar, but more importantly she just let's it all hang out vocally - holding nothing back. Vocals from Suarez are well executed & in many ways the strongpoint part of this production. The music possesses a classic Bluesy, Rockabilly, Folk-ish type stigma. All in all great music to eat a Sunday morning brunch to. Definitely classic Americana feel that that is timeless & very emotional. Music will remind you of classic K.D. Lang, & Janis Joplin. The songs present many feel good grooves. The vibe Overall very upbeat, positive, with amazing vibe. I get the impression she is having allot of fun with it - & it shows. The production is professional grade from start to finish. Has a timeless feel to it. which is not an easy thing to achieve. Overall this CD is very marketable, upbeat & sucks you in right away. The good Honorable mentions go out to the amazing "good vibe" you get. Like a drug this CD pulls you in & when it's over you want to do it all over again. The CD brightened my day & told me to lighten up a little & have a drink. Folks out there who enjoy all the above mentioned bands will fall head over heals over Laura Suarez.  The bad Sparse musical environment though. I found myself wanting to reach for a magazine minutes into some of these songs. Yep I was fading fast. Unless your a musical legend like Elton John or Jim Croce you won't be able to pull this off all by yourself. The ugly Suarez might want to bring a band with her next time.


The verdict Reach for the Bottom by Laura Suarez is a solid freshmen statement. It might not be a grand slam but it's definitely a base hit in my book. The best part of this EP is her vocals, feel good groove & overall songwriting. The Bottom Line This EP proves Suarez is like a diamond in the rough - over time with a little work it should shine with incredible brilliance. 

Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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