The Loop - review 19/8/16
MILAN HENDRIK EXP - “Applegate Drive”
Starring the vocals and music of Belle Hendrik this new release from one of the region’s most outstanding blues singers stands out like a red ruby in a front tooth. Hendrik is known nationally as Australia’s most preeminent interpreter of Janis Joplin, starring in Pearl –The Janis Joplin Rockumentary and also performing Joplin in the Songs of the Haight Ashbury Stage Show – both to great acclaim. The CD opens with Looking at the Moon which showcases a robust big band sound featuring soul inspired backing vocals and a production that called to mind early Stevie Winwood – and of course a large dose of Janis Joplin. Hendrik embraces her rough edge beautifully creating an authentic ballsy sound. The CD is mostly raw and bluesy but also gives a nod to honky tonk with a playful rhinestone twang. The standout track Highway Blues melds crunching organ, driving bass and anthemic vocals. Hendrik allows her voice to break and crack artfully all over Applegate Drive while maintaining a focused strong technique. How does one sound tough and vulnerable at the same time? Hendrik has mastered this illusive art. This woman can bring home the Blues with a thud, a howl and a whisper, what a voice - Nick Hanlon - The Loop
‘Applegate Drive is truly extraordinary. It’s an album that dominates the listener’s attention with a diverse, terrifically performed palette of songs and emotions. Every one of the eleven tracks has its place, and there’s no fat to be found - nothing that could have been trimmed. It’s a razor sharp collection that sets a new bar for blues rock in the independent music community. So, yes, it is very much worth grabbing on the service of your choosing come Monday!
Independent Spotlight - Brett Stewart
Belle Hendrik's voice is like Chili Chocolate Caramel with Bite!
Belle's singing has a natural sensuality I've rarely heard.
An awesome talent - Jan Preston
Calvin and I LOVE your singing and we were impressed to witness your evolution as a bassplayer.
You have the complete band with The Rogue Gene and the harmonies with
Jo and Liza were sublime! Calvin Welsh & Tim ihearmusic.com
Just thought I’d let you know that I am listening to your album and I absolutely love it.
Thanks for the CD! All the best Chris Gudu DJ Radio Skid Row
(The Blues Highway - CD of the week)