Ballistic Edna | The Jungle or the Stars

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The Jungle or the Stars

by Ballistic Edna

Alternative pop with Middle Eastern spices.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What Was That
2:48 $0.99
2. Leave the Door Open
3:18 $0.99
3. Woman
4:18 $0.99
4. Evelyn
3:43 $0.99
5. Soothsayer
3:41 $0.99
6. Hallowed Ground
2:23 $0.99
7. Fire Below
3:42 $0.99
8. The World Before You
3:42 $0.99
9. Estranged
2:15 $0.99
10. Soulseeker
3:27 $0.99
11. Camera
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes

Ballistic Edna: "alternative pop with Middle Eastern spices", is Chicago's best pop alternative band. Their catchy, radio-friendly songs have appeared on Dawson's Creek, UK ghost hunting show Soulseekers, and have been downloaded over 1 million times.

JAMES REILLY- Guitar, bass, backing vocals, percussion. The band's main songwriter, James formed and wrote for punk/pop groups in London and Chicago, including Soul Intention, Hatful, punk notables The Geezers, and Gertrude.

MARCELLA DONNELL- LEAD VOCALS, grew up on rhythm and blues and gospel music and was singing solos in church and weddings from the time she was 2 years old. Soon after, she was winning local and regional talent shows in her native Washington, DC with her classical vocal and piano performance. She then crossed over to musical theater and took on roles in local productions including West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and The Wiz. By the time she relocated to Chicago she had crossed over once again to add a soulful element to the now dissolved metal band, Othersense. She has been heard rocking the stage in numerous clubs across the city and suburbs of Chicago as well as Rockford and Green Bay.

ROBIN MALOTT - Bass, Piano, Backing Vocals, grew up in a musical family and started music at age 8. At the age of 15, she turned to the bass and started playing and singing in multiple bands with styles ranging from grunge to ska. Her previous band, the now-defunct Burnside Bridge, achieved relative local acclaim and played nearly every club and dive in the Chicagoland area.

JACK JEROZAL- Drums, bongos, and congas, is a percussionist extraordinaire, equally at home playing a full kit or Middle Eastern percussions and wind chimes. Jack's muscular chops stem from considerable experience in diverse musical combos, including the Dynaflow, Taranzo and The Cannonball Express blues band, Australian singer T.J. Dennis (daughter of Australian comedian Kevin "Bloody" Wilson), and The New Summer Of Love. Jack is fluent on guitar and bass, and plays every instrument on his self-produced debut CD.

© 2007 Ballistic Edna



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Rice B. and the Reviewer Team

Smart and catchy Alternative Pop/Rock
Returning with “The Jungle or the Stars,” an 11-song collection of smart and catchy, guitar-driven alternative pop/rock, the Chicago-based quartet, Ballistic Edna, delivers another CD that succeeds as both a follow-up and as a stand-alone album. “What Was That” opens the album with a power-chord manifesto that features a big, Bangles-like chorus as their two female singers blend voices with an ease that’s extremely precise. Also recalling The Bangles, “Hallowed Ground” is a terrific rocker with a dead-on hook, while “Woman” thunders like a long-lost Heart out-take. Elsewhere, “Soulseeker” finds the band playing with Middle Eastern modalities without losing their fundamental rock ethos; experimentation not unlike the early-period of the group REM. Album closer, “Camera” in fact, takes the experimentation a step further, as the band explores an ambient mood that perhaps, suggests a new direction for the band. Kick back and enjoy their new CD, “The Jungle or the Stars” for straight-up, uncomplicated – Heartland-style Rock, as Ballistic Edna delivers the goods.