Lee Aaron, Diamond Baby Blues
If you count the Lee Aaron Project this is Lee Aaron’s twelfth studio album. She is famously a fan of all types of music, but those who admire her rock projects most will be glad to known this is a solid blues/rock album dripping with class.
‘Diamond Baby’ is a song of independence, empowerment, self worth and can apply to anyone who finds themselves abused by any one or any system any where and votes with their feet. Showcasing that Aaron still has a crackin and expressive voice it is thankful that modern production is now able to capture the power of her voice that she demonstrates live. Armed with all of this she is courageous enough to tackle ‘Mistreated’ and change it a little to make it truly her own and an awesome version. Backed by great musicians, (who else could take on Blackmore) Aaron has learned to take charge of her output so she can be sure everything is just as she would want it to be. ‘The Best Thing’ and ‘Hard Road’ deal with the fact that she has been through some less than ideal situations in the music industry, but like the smart cookie she is she has overcome and grown better from every scenario.
‘American High’ is a seemingly light song about enjoying life, but it also takes a crack at an unsatisfactory political system in the USA which seems to satisfy no-one. ‘I am a Woman’ based on Koko Taylor’s version of the Bo Diddley classic rooted in the wonderful world where the rock and roll riff was a new and marvelous thing and manages to revive that magic while delivering a message that is as Lee Aaron as if she wrote it herself. She does indeed write most of her material and always has, however covers sometimes show just what she can do by performance alone while never compromising the message she wants to send.
‘In the Bedroom’ manages to be sexy and empowered at the same time a trait which Aaron has always managed to have. No one pushes this lady around, but she also known how to be a real female. She has always been a little wild, but is also a wife and mother now and ‘Cut Way Back’ deals with that evolution beautifully. ‘My Baby’ shows that underneath everything she is both unconventional and traditional, possible and something she shares with another female icon Marilyn Monroe.
Aaron was famously misrepresented by management in her early days. Take a fresh look at a mature, serious and wonderful talent with a great deal to say.