It’s been a long time coming but Melbourne’s Gretta Ziller has finally released her debut solo album, the followup to her Hell’s Half Acre EP from 2014. The good news is that it exceeds the expectations she set up with that fine EP, digging deeper and taking her songwriting and singing to some impressive and accomplished places.
Queen Of Boomtown travails gothic country, heartache gospel, classic country rock and even indie rock, all with the blues running through the music. She dials into a certain 70s sound built on shimmering guitars, warm production and a melody that embraces hooks as readily as it conjures atmospheric mood and drama.
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