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Album Review

For Live & Learn, Vixen's first new studio release in nearly ten years, one of the few all-female heavy metal bands to prosper in the '80s continues to focus on highly commercial, mainstream rock. But unlike the last studio album credited to Vixen, 1998's Tangerine, the players are completely different. The only remaining original Vixen member left in attendance is guitarist Jan Kuehnemund (who did not even appear on the aforementioned album), who is now supported by an all-new cast — singer Jenna Sanz-Agero, bassist Lynn Louise Lowrey, and drummer Kathrin Kraft. Although released in 2006, close your eyes and Live & Learn will transport you back to the late '80s — as evidenced by such selections as the title track and "Don't Want It Anymore" (the latter of which proves that Sanz-Agero has her Stevie Nicks-isms down pat). With only a single original member left, perhaps it's time to nix the Vixen moniker.

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Live and Learn Re-review.

Cause of RKKR369 I decided to go back and re-review this Vixen Album. Going back and re-reviewing it I find most of it just doesn't appeal to me. Their were 2 songs in it I did like though. and gives me hopes as a Vixen fan that Sanz Agrero could probably prove herself to me a Vixen fan that she wants to be apart of the band and wants to get old fans of Janet Gardner to also become her fans as well. The Songs I found I liked in this Album were Live & Learn and Suffragette city. Live and Learn had an okay beat but the song worked wonders with Sanz Agrero's voice. It was a match made in heaven. witch forgave the beat that went with it. Suffragette City had to a wonderful beat opening up with a country style and a 1970's hard rock feel to it. Witch Sanz Agrero did wonders with and just caught my eye and made me rethink. "Maybe she is better than what I though before. As long as the right songs were given to her." These are the only 2 songs I found of hers I liked and they worked well with her voice. I'll give the album 3 stars for these 2 songs and and my change and hope for Sanz Agrero to prove to me that she really wants to get me as a fan of old vixen to become a fan of the new Vixen. I hope for a 5th Album that will have songs that will work with her voice and really make her shine out like the songs on "Vixen" and "Rev it Up" did for Janet Gardner.

Awesome comeback!!

Jan Kuehnemund, the heart and soul of Vixen, and the only original member (even Janet Gardner and Roxy Petrucci were replacements at one time), absolutely SHINES on this album. There are some amazing guitar solos and thoughtful melodies. The title track, along with Don't Want It Anymore and Give Me Away stand out in that regard. There are some great tracks on this album - particularly I Try, which has won a number of awards, and You Wish, which has a Blondie meets Patty Smith vibe. After 15 years, it's good to hear what the natural development of Vixen is with Jan playing guitar. No this is not going to sound like Vixen from 1989. And thank God for that. All musicians should grow and change and this work reflects that growth strongly. We are looking forward to the next effort from this lineup as we think they've got the goods. Check out a live show and it will be even more apparent...speaking of which, if anyone doubts Sanz-Agero's singing chops, you've obviously never heard her live. No she doesn't sound like Janet Gardner as she's got her own style. Some may prefer the cigarettes and whisky scratch of Gardner's voice (we love it too) but we love the warmth that Sanz-Agero adds and hope for more of that in years to come. The first reviewer who says this is not the same Vixen is good at stating the obvious and absolutely nothing else. And the second reviewer is quite suspect considering they think Tangerine is a good album (it's not). Probably because Jan doesn't play on it. But bottom line, this album is definitely worth a few listens. Each time we listen we find more to love!

Live & Learn

While the lineup in the band has changed, the original founding member and lead guitarist Jan K. is still there and this album is really good - in many respects better than the prior albums when the band was very successful in the late 80's. The songwriting is solid and thoughtful; the guitar leads are in top form. If you are expecting Janet Gardener and what the band did in the 80's, go buy those albums - but if you can appreciate a more mature progression from what that was - this album is for you. Every song on it is good and some are great (the first four will hit you and you'll say "where have these guys been?).

Biography

Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Described by some as "a female Bon Jovi," Vixen is an all-female band that has specialized in very slick, commercial, and glossy hard rock and pop-metal. Vixen was never a favorite among rock critics, whose barbs didn't prevent the band from selling millions of albums in the late '80s. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, bandmembers Janet Gardner (lead vocals), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), and Roxy Petrucci (drums) payed more than their share of dues on the L.A./Hollywood club...
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