Originally from Chicago, with an Eastern European background, Diana Rein combines a soulful voice with the soaring melodies of her blues-rock guitar.
Long road, released on May 16, is the latest album by Diana Rein. Rein proves she has multiple talents not just writing, recording and producing Long road, she also sings and plays solo, bass and rhythm guitars.
The album, which includes twelve original tracks, was mixed and mastered by Peter Duff in San Diego.
The opening track, “Long Road,” begins with a haunting vocals before a slow blues melody creates warmth and depth, amid clear guitar pauses interspersed with vocal lines.
A small negative factor is the lack of feel that a human drummer often brings to a band. The intro to “Wild One” highlights this gap in what is an otherwise formidable blues-rock riff. Rein’s main guitar work is reminiscent of his stated main influence, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
“Livin ‘Loud” features a high reverberating guitar melody through the verse. After a pre-chorus and chorus that seems to lead to something huge, Rein takes us on a flight of jazz-blues fantasy before returning to the song’s basic melody and rhythm.
A tight staccato chorus line, punchy guitar work and call and response vocals are the highlights of “Green Light” in which Rein’s solo takes us into a vocal training where she pushes herself hard.
“Rebel with a Cause” is the most catchy track on the album, with tight riffs, gritty guitar sound, savory lead breaks and a more natural feel on the drums.
“The Real Thing” has a fast tempo feel, with the guitar riff reflected by the tom-toms and a powerful lead vocals.
The album shows some cohesive lines of melodic guitar riffs under a reverberating heavy lead guitar line. Rein’s strong vocal performance and multi-instrumental talents are evident. This sound continues in “Done Me Dirty” before the sensation returns to the sweet ballad “Don’t Walk Away”.
Another great melodic riff with funk-up vocals add to the impact of “Come Back Home,” and Rein again shows his wide vocal range through the chorus.
The opening guitar work of “Wicked” is perhaps the best on the album, and the song pushes through some amazing vocals, then turns into an insistent ballad with beautiful solo work until the end.
“Down Down Down” opens with a vocal / guitar intro before the verse’s almost motown main beat. The highlight is a somewhat unruly rhythm guitar, which brings a sense of passion to the song.
The closing track, “Peace,” is a mellow instrumental number, with clean guitar work that brings a dreamy quality to the song.
As Rein performs and sings with passion on the album, it would be interesting to see her perform live with a full band. Such a setting can give us the chance to hear him tear up with his voice and experience his potential to play the blues as only a live performance will allow.