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Album Title: The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin

Album Title: The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin
Artist: Mermaids in the Basement
Review by Rhonda Readence

Vocalist Sheela Fortner, bassist Beth Whyle, guitarist J. Jill Harris, drummer Devon Barrett, and performance artist Jennifer McLaughlin make up the band Mermaids in the Basement, a rock powerhouse whose eleven-track The Chronicles of Dotti Molson will stay in the mind of listeners for quite a while. The album kicks off with “River of Life,” where Fortner can be compared to Cher with regards to her vocal style, but with more grit than Cher could fathom. The track is slow in tempo and the vocals are delivered with a soulful flare that catches the ear right away. There seems to be an intensity of emotion with the ladies of Mermaids in the Basement, and listeners will be intrigued from the opening notes.

“I’m Looking” begins with a soft bass line that seems to bring forth memories even before the meaning of the lyrics become evident. A song about love and the lack thereof, this track will make people think and sway idly while listening to it. The catchy beat and the heartfelt lyrics are sure to make this a fan favorite and seeing it performed live would be a wonderful experience. The album continues in its consistent mellow charm with “Free,” which has a bit of an edge. Sheela’s vocal are exceptional in this piece and the listener can get a better understanding of her ability to hit the high notes as well as the low gritty growls. The vibe is a bit sexy, slightly dark, and completely beautiful. “Free” is what Mermaids in the Basement are all about. This track really gets into the head and will likely remain there forever.

“I Should Have Known” breaks a southern flair and Sheela’s vocals are occasionally reminiscent of a more Linda Perry, with greater control. A song about love and not believing in it, “I Should Have Known” is another well written track that touches upon human insecurity and the need to be wanted and loved, but perhaps being afraid of it. This is why Mermaids in the Basement will garner a loyal and varied fanbase; they write about life and what’s it’s like to live it.

The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin changes rhythm slightly with “Me and You,” as this piece has a bit of a punk flavor. The Mermaids don’t take anything to extreme, as we are discovering. They are subtle and extremely enjoyable to listen to, and it’s refreshing to experience listening to a band that incorporates different genres into their music without trying to be what they are not. While they add a touch of punk to “Me and You,” they’re not trying to be punk. This is the work of a talented band and this piece will give a greater appreciation for the diverse styles this collective can authentically deliver.

“Bus” kicks off with a catchy rhythm and slightly stilted vocals. The Linda Perry influence is again evident here when Sheela lilts her voice up at end of her words, as well as in the grittier delivery. “Sailor Girl” begins with a military drumbeat and the vibe is one of pride and emotion. The lyrics sound a bit angry and this song also carries an edge, due mostly to the vocal delivery. Sheela goes from soft to loud, from angry to peaceful, and it is clear that the vocals are truly what carry this band. The other musicians obviously contribute to this project, but it’s the vocals that attract the attention in nearly every song. This being said, the other band members do get a chance to shine during “Struggling Angel,” with the opening guitar riffs and bass line, but soon enough the listener is once more enthralled with the vocals as Sheela starts off soft and then completely lets lose with an earth shattering melodic howl that will cause chills to form on the arms and down the spine. The entire vibe of this piece of one of pure rock ‘n’ roll and every member of the band gets a chance to come through loud and clear. Great track through and through.

“Five O’Clock” starts with some excellent acoustic guitar, and throughout the instrumental work of the band is the stand-out star. It’s during this track that the listener may actually yearn to see this band play live, perhaps at an outdoor venue. “What’s on my Mind” kicks off again with excellent instrumentation. As The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin begins to wind to a close, we get another nitty gritty track that highlights the dark sensuality that this band can generate. You might find yourself screaming along with Sheela with reckless abandon while dancing wildly. This track is full of energy and vitality and the signature sound that this band has mastered so well. The album closes with “Second Chance,” a piece that leaves the listener with a melancholy calm, and perhaps memories of a better time.

As The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin ends, we are left with a sense of having just heard something wholly unique and different. Sheela’s voice is unlike anything we’ve heard. Cher and Linda Perry are valid comparisons, but are only a starting point. The vocals are a driving force behind Mermaids in the Basement, but the entire band is exceptional. Talent runs rampant here, in every aspect, and Mermaids in the Basement have created something uniquely special with The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin.

Review by Rhonda Readence
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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The Chronicles of Dotti Molsin, Mermaids In the Basement
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Oct 30, 2010

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