Album: “Pick Your Poison” – Single
Artist: Lana Blac
Non-Airable Tracks: NONE
As “Pick Your Poison” begins, a phone rings and is answered, followed directly after by what seems to be a mostly inaudible countdown. A countdown to what, you may wonder? Well, I’m really not sure. And not to spoil anything, but you never find out either. That “phone call”, paired with a whispy yet intense orchestral set provides a feeling similar to that of walking into the “stretching room” of The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland for the first time. The anticipation is real. The emotion of Lana Blac’s voice absolutely BLEEDS through as vocals set in. Thickie, simple drums dominate the instrumental of the main verses, paired with a Nirvana-like guitar riff, which keeps it elementary, but enjoyable. I’ve got to say that the chorus is pretty damn catchy, and I could see it getting stuck in my head for days to come.
Although the reoccurring phone calls coming in from the unidentified caller in the background of the song are a bit hard to follow, I can clearly hear “Destruction!” being exclaimed by the mysterious caller before the second verse, which really made “Pick Your Poison” feel like a badass, edgy metal song. To go further than just the surface and background instrumentals of “Pick Your Poison”, I can’t help from getting the sense of revenge in this song, as Lana repeatedly expresses her displeasure with how she was treated in the past. One big disappointment that I would have to pull from this track is that I was expecting a hardcore piano solo from Lana herself, given that she is posing in front of a big ‘ol grand piano on the cover art. I must point out: there is absolutely nothing else to complain about on the cover art (Lana, hit me up). If you’re looking for a song to help remedy a recent breakup or dig up some old gripes with former lovers, I suggest you throw on this angsty (appropriately) 4 minute 20 second track to do the trick.
Sounds Like: Rob Zombie, Nirvana, The Cranberries, Wheatus
Reviewer’s Name: Brody Dryden
Date of Review: 11/26/2018