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NATASCHA SOHL, BBC Club, London 15 April 2009
Something is happening for pop rocker Natascha Sohl. And if anyone was
under any illusion as to why we had gathered at The BBC Club for this 5
number showcase, they were quickly dispelled by the MC who brazenly stated
that 'we can start now as Capital records are here' But commercial
considerations aside Natascha and her well drilled band have much to
Aside from the occasional sense of grand gesture and teasing shake of her blonde
mane, Natascha has a mellifluous voice tailor made for those quiet/loud
arrangements and booming radio friendly choruses. She's Anglo French and has a
commercial presence in America born of a song writing partnership with New
Yorker Russ de Salvo.
On top of that, she's a confident stage performer unafraid of the occasional
grand gesture with a sweep of the arm. More importantly as this showcase
demonstrated, Natascha has a handful of commercially catchy songs most notably
'Naked' which really should have already brought her commercial success. And
perhaps that fact alone might point to the only negative in the mix.
For Natascha does what she does very well, but in some respects the formula has
already been milked by the likes of Avril Lavigne. Thus the only question
remains, is there room for another similar artist? And the simple answer surely
lies in the quality of her songs.
Natascha unveiled her new single 'If I Was a Boy' which if you could overlook
some rather fatuous De Salvo lyrics - 'Boys have all the Fun' etc - is another
catchy pop rocker aimed squarely at the charts and all that was missing was the
And when Natatscha consummately launched into 'Body Beautiful', it almost came
as no surprise to learn from her introduction that it has already been used on
an MTV programme, while 'Dirty Little Word' - her ruminations on love - was
another catchy punky pop outing with a big chorus.
On the evidence of this showcase, Natascha has the talent, energy, looks
and drive and it only r emains to be seen if there is still enough room at
the inn for her brand of radio friendly anthemic pop rock
Review by Pete
Photo by Noel
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