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Great female-fronted rock acts don't come along too often, and the good ones tend to be remembered. Corrin Campbell and The Election, who're already being compared to Heart and Evanescence, may have what it takes to make that grade... at least for people who like fun, slightly proggy rock that shows off its 70s and 80s roots while remaining proudly indie.

 Corrin Campbell and The Election are really Campbell plus husband\drummer\co-songwriter Tony Corbett, along with occasional friends roped into the mix here and there. Husband\wife teams aren't unheard of in rock, but they're rare. Campbell makes them rarer still by being an active duty Army officer who makes music in her spare time.

Campbell has a fantastic voice that's put to a wide range of uses. Virtually every song from the duo sounds different, thanks to Campbell's willingness to try out different vocal styles: flirty bubble pop one song, throat-tearing rock in another, then piano crooning for the trifecta. Like Lady Gaga, she doesn't want people to mistake her talent for production trickery.

She also proudly proclaims her music to be free of autotuning, a rarity these days.

As for the pair's songwriting, throw 70s Grrrl Power, Progressive, 80s Anthem Rock, and 90s Alterno in a blender. The basic sound is refreshingly stripped back – being, at heart, pure garage rock – and yet borrows ideas from more overproduced styles. The two swap off roles and instruments smoothly, and the result is a little band with a big sound.

Corrin Campbell and The Election may be onto something here. Give them a producer with access to better technology, and their diamond in the rough could be polished up quickly. Because great female-fronted rock acts don't come along too often, and we should take notice when a great one appears.


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