With â€œTough Loveâ€, Gala is poised to make her presence felt in 2009. Despite having a number of hits on the world stage in the past, the tracks on â€œTough Loveâ€ may just be the most memorable of her career. â€œTough Loveâ€ begins strongly, a track in â€œTough Loveâ€ that immediately re-establishes Gala as the queen of her own domain. The title effort from â€œTough Loveâ€ shows a blending of rock, dance, and pop styles in the creation of a track that is quirky and fun at the same time.
The driving beat sets the stage, while Galaâ€™s unique vocal style really sells the track in a way that currently popular female artists (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears) simply cannot. â€œFreed From Desire (the Un-remix)â€ continues to hammer this point home. Gala is able to fit in so many different levels to each of the tracks on â€œTough Loveâ€ that fans of all ages, likes, and desires will be able to easily enjoy the album. â€œFreed From Desireâ€ is a track that will bring the house down at any dance club where it is played, but a careful listen to the song will uncover subtle nods to goth, Madonna, and even disco. â€œFarawayâ€ brings a little bit more R&B to Galaâ€™s sound, with hints of Aaliyah and Brandy present even as a funk-laced groove plays in the background. The common thread running through â€œTough Loveâ€ is that Gala comes into played-out and otherwise weak genres and imbues them with a spirit that is purely her own.
Each of the cuts on â€œTough Loveâ€ are similar in terms of this ability; no matter how long it has been since the listener last popped in â€œTough Loveâ€, they will be able to sing along with â€œFarawayâ€ or â€œFreed From Desireâ€. What would normally be a middle of the ground R&B track is crackling with all the energy of her voice, the backing instrumentation morphed into something that will play in listenersâ€™ heads for a long time following. Make sure to pick up a copy of â€œTough Loveâ€ and try your best to see Gala live, whenever a tour of hers makes it to your neck of the woods.
Top Tracks: Number 3, Tough Love
Gala â€“ Tough Love EP / 2009 Self / http://www.myspace.com/galamusic