Olivia Mancini and her relentless gang of bandsters, the Housemates, created anincredibly uplifting record that one can’t help dance and sing to. This Kind of Life is filled with cheerful, amiable, upbeat pop tunes, complete with strong stories, great vocals, amazing background harmonies, horn sections and bits and pieces of acapella.
The record hits its stride full force, with the opening track, “I Wouldn’t Worry,” showing the band’s great sense of charm and creativity. Olivia sings with a beautiful, sultry, sonorous tone,delivering her message with great amiability. The jangly guitars and horns return for “Crime Don’t Pay.” “Jealous Type,” a stirring highlight of the record, is a gem to behold. You’ll find a pinch of frightening and haunting qualities in the bridge.
Solid harmony vocals from the Housemates truly support Olivia’s presence. Each song is packed with punch, spunk and pure mayhem. It’s always a positive vibe, great for a dance club – and a sound perfect for a bar of 20- and 30-somethings.
Olivia Mancini succeeds in being “the life of the party,” with strong lyrics, passion and highly creative compositions.
-Shawn M. Haney