Philadelphia’s Gina Sicilia has established herself as one of the most powerful new voices on the rhythm and blues scene. On her third offering, Can’t Control Myself, she not only takes it up a notch, but manages to effortlessly navigate through several genres without losing her voice.
Fans of the down-and-dirty style of a Koko Taylor, for example, will be Addicted from the opening number. While Sicilia doesn’t have Taylor’s signature growl, she does bring her own style of brash, in-your-face passion to the music.
Speaking of the music, much of the success of Can’t Control Myself is owed to Vizztone label-mate and producer, Dave Gross, who plays damn near every instrument on the album in bringing Sicilia’s vision to fruition. On Crazy About You Baby, a song many will associate with 60s icons Ike & Tina Turner, Gross lays down a riff that recalls the Kentucky Headhunters’ take on Bill Monroe’s Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine, while tastefully dancing around the vocal with woven instrumentation reminiscent of the Rolling Stones.
If Sicilia does have a weakness, it’s that she’s often entangled in the clutches of the past. On Before the Night is Through, Sicilia may as well ask the listener to Save the Last Dance for Me, while drifting Under the Boardwalk. Still, as many legendary performers have proven, “something old, new, borrowed, and blue” applies more often to musical success than to marital. For our taste, Can’t Control Myself maintains a delicate balance.