CD Review|Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels – Come & Get It
Album | Come and Get It
Artist | Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels
Label | Juke House Records
At 23 minutes long, and containing just 5 tracks ‘Come and Get It’ by Indianapolis-based Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels is essentially an EP, but what it lacks in length it certainly makes up for in quality and is a fine showcase for an artist comfortable in a range of styles.
Most of the songs are original compositions by Queen Delphine (aka Harriett Ellis) and her co-writer – and husband, Lee O Ellis Jr.
Harriett’s vocal range bears comparison with Koko Taylor, and she is ably backed by a seasoned group of musicians.
The opening track ‘My Cat Got 9 Lives’ is best described as a ‘belter’, creating a classic sound that harks back to the Chicago Blues of the 50’s and 60’s, while ‘What Would I Do’ is a jazz number allowing Harriett to show her smoother side.
‘I’m A Woman’ is the stand-out song and gives Harriet full rein to demonstrate her talents, and is hopefully a portent of things to come. ‘Don’t Take My Kindness For Weakness’ is a soul-infused pop number which acts as a counterpoint to the smoky ‘Lammy’s Blues’, an instrumental with some very tasty harmonica playing that ends the set.
An impressive debut. More please.
‘Come and Get It’
‘Queen Delphine & The Crown Jewels’