The Aces second LP, Under My Influence is overall pretty amazing. Katie Henderson, McKenna Petty, and Alisa and Cristal Ramirez have put together an album that’s one of this year’s best.
This album sounds pristine. Everything about the record is so damn smooth. The programming/electronics add layers to the songs without masking any of their main elements. The drums sound great. The bass and guitar work sound tremendous. And the vocals of Cristal Ramirez, and the backing vocals of the rest of the band are pretty perfect too. In fact, this record is a personal favorite vocal performance ever - male or female. Everything about how this record sounds is on point.
The production here is matched by the songwriting. Nobody else can write and pull off songs like this. Nobody else can write these types of melodies and perform them as capably. This record is an album that only this band can make and that’s pretty cool. It’s not just the writing from the music standpoint that’s cool either, the lyrics are modern, they’re smart, and they’re unique to this band.
The Aces’ sophomore LP is a breath of fresh air and one of the best records of 2020. Best of all, everything about this record is unique to this band and when there has been thousands and thousands of songs released that’s pretty rare.