Deb Ryder

Deb Ryder
Might Just Get Lucky


By Georgetown Fats
May 2014

Admittedly, DEB RYDER’S Might Just Get Lucky caused immediate trepidation upon receipt. While this reviewer has a lot of his finances in smut and debauchery futures, it takes more than cliches and basic innuendo to get a rise out of me. My concerns were not eased upon initial review of the track listing either. Might Just Get Lucky SCREAMED Soccer Mom vanity project, so I let it sit for a while before the initial spin.

Unfortunately my gut instinct was right.

While the biggest highlight to Might Just Get Lucky is that Ms. Ryder can sing like Etta James or Sugar Pie DeSanto, these retreaded themes drag her down.

Opening with “Get a Grip,” Ryder shows herself to be no slouch - she is woman and hear her roar. While the ‘girl power’ theme has been done, Ryder does more than hold her own for the ‘fairer sex’. Eschewing roar for a matter-of-fact delivery here is perfect. You can either ‘get a grip’ with the place of a woman or you can ‘get gone’. It is hard not to hear the influence of Etta James on Ms. Ryder’s voice throughout “Get a Grip” and that is not a bad thing.

On “Might Just Get Lucky,” unfortunately the songwriting credibility deteriorates. More IPhone Lighter App than torch song, “Might Just Get Lucky” gets bogged down with both a lack of dynamics, and an overly digitally processed sound. Whether it was an actual string section that was overly processed on “Might Just Get Lucky” or some studio trickery, neither option was interesting enough to go to to learn the truth.

Getting away from the blues rock shuffle, “These Hands” is a nice foray into some gospel music. With limited instrumentation (a few dobros, a percussive foot stomp, and some backing vocalists) once again shows the talent to emulate a great (this time Mavis Staples) but lacks that skill to find her own signature sound.

While there is more than enough material here for Ms. Ryder to garner herself a recording label deal, this reviewer is hoping the next batch of songs is more about Deb Ryder singing about Deb Ryder and not reproducing what has already been done before. She has the talent to bring the scene up with her rather than churn out more covers and cliches.

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