by Emery Columna –
Zepparella, in essence, is the rocking estrogen infused version of Led Zeppelin.
From the soul kiss vocals of Noelle Doughty, to the thunder that is Clementine, the sugar me sweet bottom of Angeline Saris and Gretchen Menn’s encyclopedic understanding of Jimmy Page, we find a set of ladies who can throw down with any of the numerous cover version tribute bands out there.
Of note, however, is Robert Plant’s personal imprimatur on Noelle’s voice. Noelle Doughty has been blessed by Little Robert Anthony himself!
Gretchen Menn has been steeped in music from the time she was in the womb, so it is no wonder she has mastered Page’s technique with such facility while applying her tender touch to the strings of her Les Paul.
After listening to this album on iTunes, (yes I paid for it!) I scrolled over to Led Zep One on my iTunes playlist and listened to the whole album to get a read on Clementine. The only thing I can tell aurally is that Bonham has more bone density. Other than that, Clementine is spot on in her renditions of Bonham’s technique.
The groovy pocket full of goodness belongs to Angeline Saris. Just a solid, smooth and subtle underbelly to the proceedings going on on top musically. That is why the bass guitar bottom is the bottom in Angeline’s hands.
To me, Zepparella is most effective with the more compact songs like “Communication Breakdown”, “We’re Gonna Groove”, “The Wanton Song”, “The Ocean“, and “Bring It On Home”. For reasons unknown to me, these songs had the most impact on me with the intensity I felt coming from the band.
But that’s just me. Check out the longer interpretations of “Whole Lotta Love”, “In My Time of Dying”, and “Kashmir” and I am sure you will dig them too.
I only wonder what Zepparella could really sound like on tape with Eddie Kramer at the helm, steering this ship a little bit…