WOW! This CD is a powerhouse of music, talent and feeling all wrapped up in one neat little package. Valerie Borman has what it takes to keep up with the likes of a Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill or Mary Chapin-Carpenter. Her style of music is refreshing, energetic and heartfelt and she has the pipes to prove it. It’s been a long time since I listened to a collection of tunes that are very well produced and performed like these are.
“Not Gonna Give You Up” is a rockin’ country tune with a bit of Reba McIntyre’s flavor to it. This should be the first single and would track well in multi-formats. The title track “Better Days” has very inspiring vocals and some nice guitar work. “Inside Out” is another candidate for single release as a mass appeal song. This moving ballad would make Bryan Adams proud. “Just Say I Love You” sounds like it should be performed on the stage in the Grand Ole Opry or on the Texas Connection TV Show.
“I’m With You” is another rockin’ tune that has that Wynonna Judd/ Lorrie Morgan feel to it. A nice hook makes this a good catchy party tune and my 3rd pick for single release. “Same Girl” is a mid-tempo jamming number that gets you toe-tapping. Strong vocals, great rhythms and kick- ass guitar work make this a must listen! “Leave The Lights On” is a ballad with a Lee Ann Womack style to it.
“Stay Out” is another single candidate that catches your imagination from intro to the end. Valerie’s vocals on this tune are reminiscent of early Ann Wilson. “Why Did You Have To Love Me Like That” is a real tear-jerker in the mold of a Faith Hill that could be another powerhouse hit. “Wish” is another ballad that takes you back to the simpler times when music was heartfelt. ”Everyone Need An Angel” is one of those rare songs that I could see a charity like Dreams Come True using as their theme in a promotion. It stands out and sends a clear message to the listener. In conclusion, “Better Days” gets, not one, BUT 2 THUMBS UP!
She is from New Tripoli Pa and is living in Nashville, TN…She will be in the Lehigh Valley in 2 weeks and will be performing at the Silver Creek Athletic Assoc benefit on Sept 5 and at the Pioneer Fest on October 2. (New dates in Atlantic City are in the works.) Her schedule is available on website: www.ValerieBorman.com.