Some bright spots
Get Loud and Not Giving Up are strong, but the Heart covers feel like filler (do we really need yet another version of These Dreams?!). Some of the other tunes seem to fall somewhere in the middle. The band has promise but this album feels like a rush job. Wish they would have taken more time and got songs as strong as the first two. And next go 'round, leave the Heart covers for the live shows and not your record. Just a humble opinion.
This is a fresh and impressive melding of muses that rocks, simmers and flows. The original songs have meaning (Get Loud is an anthem for our times) and the strong female voice throughout deluvers soul and power. Nancy and Liv blend well. Can't wait to see them live!
When I first heard that Heart was disbanding I figured that this most likely meant the end of new music from the Wilson sisters. Upon hearing this album, which is basically the band Heart with a different lead singer, I was pleasantly surprised that not only was new music coming out but it's fresh and original. The sound of this band is definitely Heart, with it's near-metal hard rock sound mixed with a layer of soulful R&B brought in from Ms. Warfield and her guitarist. The tracks on First Thing First sound excellent and the vocals are truly top notch despite missing arguably the best female rock voice in the world in Ann Wilson. Even the new take on These Dreams has something to offer despite my originial view that they should leave the Heart material at home. My favorite cuts are the ones which rock the hardest -- Not Giving Up, Insaniac, and Wilson's ode to loss from addiction The Dragon (a cut which would be a natural for a Heart album but finds a nice home here instead). Overall this is a great set of tracks from a band I imagine we will be hearing a lot about in the new future.
About Roadcase Royale
Roadcase Royale fuse soul with arena rock, a logical combination for a band anchored by Heart's Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield, who previously sang with Prince's '90s band New Power Generation. The pair formed the band in 2016, with Wilson enlisting Heart veterans Dan Rothchild (bass), Chris Joyner (keyboards), and Ben Smith (drums) and Warfield bringing aboard Ryan Waters, who worked as her musical director for a spell. Roadcase Royale quickly released a digital single called "Get Loud" in January 2017, and by July they signed with Loud & Proud Records, putting out their full-length debut album, First Things First, in September.