Album Review: Sarah Vista – “Killing Fever”
She may be a relatively new name on the Pure Rawk pages, but we’ve actually covered Sarah Vista on this site a few times before in her past incarnations as pop-punk songstress Kiria (whose 2010 album “Radio” represents a bit of a lost classic of the times), and Missy Le Pink, frontwoman with short-lived North London rockabillies Viva Le Pink.
Put such thoughts out of your minds though because “Killing Fever” sees Sarah reinventing herself as a full-on country singer and, perhaps surprisingly given what a curveball it represents, she’s done it pretty damn well. “Killing Fever” is a moonshine-swilling gunslinging badass of an album chock full of songs about taking (usually fatal) revenge on those who wronged you. “Now You Are Sleeping”, “Hell At High Noon”, “Get Three Coffins Ready”, “I Wish You Hell” and the haunting closer “Fortune Teller” represent some weird backwater of the musical spectrum where Tammy Wynette crosses over with Nick Cave, replete with banjos, mandolins and mariachi trumpets.
The fact that Ms Vista has actually taken her band over from London to Tennesse (surely the musical equivalent of trying to sell ice to eskimos) and come away with glowing plaudits from the folks over there is definitely proof that “Killing Fever” is an accomplished set of songs and it’s to her credit that she’s managed to pull off an almost Bowie-level change of musical style and come out of it well. If you’re into country music, or just music with good tunes in general, then I’d have no hesitation in recommending this one to you.
It represents a bit of a departure from the stuff we normally cover on this site, but I'm happy to give "Killing Fever" a recommendation for anyone who likes good ass-kicking country music. Give it a listen and see for yourself.